Russia: Kremlin spokesperson Peskov says CIA works with Navalny
Russian oppositionist demands to publish a refutation on the official website of the Presidential Administration
Alexei Navalny has filed a lawsuit with the Presnensky Court of Moscow against the press secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov, according to the publication “MBH Media” with reference to the file of the court and its official representative.
In the lawsuit, Navalny indicated that on October 1, in the TASS material, Peskov “disseminated information about him that does not correspond to reality,” as well as discrediting his “honor, dignity and business reputation.” The oppositionist demands to publish the refutation on the official website of the Presidential Administration no later than ten days from the date of entry into force of the court decision.
On October 1, Peskov said that Navalny’s accusations against Vladimir Putin of an attempt on the life of an opposition leader were inspired by the US Central Intelligence Agency. “Considering that CIA specialists work with the patient, everything that he voices is what this organization puts into his mouth,” the TASS agency quoted the official as saying. Also, the press secretary of the Russian president argued that “this is not the first time that CIA specialists have given” different instructions “to Navalny..
One of the leaders of the Russian opposition, Alexei Navalny, was poisoned on August 20 – he lost consciousness on the plane on the way from Tomsk to Moscow. Navalny was hospitalized in an Omsk hospital and put into an artificial coma. Two days later, after the demands of Navalny’s wife and colleagues, he was transported to Berlin for treatment. The politician regained consciousness only after 19 days.
Russian doctors ruled out the version about the deliberate poisoning of Navalny, explaining his condition “metabolic disorders.” German specialists, as well as several independent European laboratories, found in the politician’s body traces of a chemical warfare agent similar in composition to the Novichok poison, which was used in the assassination attempt on Sergei Skripal, a former employee of the GRU of Russia, in the British city of Salisbury. The British authorities suspect Russian special services of organizing this assassination attempt.
The West demanded that the Kremlin investigate the circumstances of Navalny’s poisoning. Russian investigating authorities have refused to open a criminal case. After that, the European Union and the United Kingdom imposed sanctions on individuals and organizations that, in their opinion, either may be involved in the incident, or do not give a course to the investigation. Among them are FSB Director Alexander Bortnikov, First Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration of Russia Sergei Kiriyenko, Presidential Envoy to the Siberian Federal District Sergei Menyailo and the State Research Institute of Organic Chemistry and Technology, in whose branch it is assumed that a substance from the Novichok group was being developed..
Navalny himself believes that Russian President Vladimir Putin is personally behind the attempt on his life. Now the oppositionist is undergoing a rehabilitation course in Germany, after which he is going to return to his homeland and continue his political activities. The Kremlin denies accusations of involvement in the poisoning of Navalny, considering the incident a provocation of the West.