Britain calls for investigation into suspected poisoning of Alexei Navalny
He faces up to 10 years in prison
The Investigative Committee opened a criminal case of abuse of power against a police officer from Samara, suspected of transmitting data for an investigation into the poisoning of Alexei Navalny. It is assumed that the policeman checked the trips of Russian citizens, who were named by the FSB officers involved in the assassination attempt on the opposition politician in the investigation of an international journalistic group..
The arrest of the suspect is reported by RBC with reference to two sources, one of which works in the regional Ministry of Internal Affairs. Senior Lieutenant Kirill Chuprov works in the police department in the center of Samara, he was placed under house arrest. Another colleague of his is undergoing a service audit. The FSB is engaged in operational support of the case, a group of employees from Moscow came to Samara, the source of RBC claims.
Chuprov is suspected of having provided information from the “Search – Magistral” database to an unauthorized person, the source said. The names he checked were later published in the investigation into the attempt on Navalny’s life. According to the article presented, the policeman faces up to 10 years in prison.
Where did the data for the investigation of Navalny come from??
The investigation into the assassination attempt on Navalny was published on December 14 by the British investigative group Bellingcat with the participation of The Insider, CNN, Der Spiegel magazine and the Anti-Corruption Foundation. The publication claims that Navalny was poisoned with a chemical agent from the Novichok group by a special group of FSB officers who had been following him for several years..
The text details the movement of the FSB officers who were part of the group throughout the country, data on their calls and the geolocation of their phones. Researchers claim that all this information was bought on the black market..
In 2019, the BBC Russian Service published an investigation into the existence of an underground personal data market in Russia. For modest money, anyone can get, for example, data on movements in the city by a mobile phone signal, detailed telephone conversations or travel history, it was noted in the text.
According to The Bell, the purchase of the amount of data used in the Bellingcat text could cost about a million rubles. Most of such information would be impossible to find in other countries, notes in the material about the attempt on Navalny.
In January, The Washington Post published a text stating that the sources used for the investigation were generally considered unethical by journalists. Bellingcat replies that they believe that the use of the black market is justified when it comes to solving crimes by the state.
In an interview with Meduza, the author of the investigation, Hristo Grozev, noted that for him, however, it remains important that the sources of his data remain safe. What he can do for this was not specified..