The experts engaged by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) found in the analyzes of the founder of the FBK Alexei Navalny, whose condition worsened on August 20, traces of a substance similar in structure to Novichok, but not included in the Convention on the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. This is stated in a message on the official website of the OPCW.
“Cholinesterase inhibitor biomarkers found in blood and urine samples of Mr. Navalny have structural characteristics similar to those of toxic chemicals belonging to Schedules 1.A.14 and 1.A.15, which were added to the Convention’s Chemicals Annex,” – follows from the press release of the OPCW. It also states that “this cholinesterase inhibitor is not listed in the chemicals appendix.”
The OPCW’s official Twitter account says that the OPCW’s technical analysis has confirmed the content in the analyzes of Navalny’s substance from the Novichok group. The organization also noted that it has already transferred the results of the study to Germany. In addition, the Permanent Mission of Germany to the OPCW has asked the Technical Secretariat to share its report with all States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention and to make it publicly available.
On the eve, on October 5, the OPCW agreed to provide Russia with an examination of the Navalny case. The organization is going to send specialists to Russia as soon as possible for joint work.
Navalny’s condition worsened on the morning of August 20. During the flight from Tomsk to Moscow, he lost consciousness, then fell into a coma. He was urgently taken to a hospital in Omsk, where doctors fought for his life for 44 hours. On August 22, the oppositionist was transferred to the Berlin clinic “Charite”. On September 7, Navalny felt better and was taken out of a coma. On September 23, the founder of FBK was discharged from the hospital. While he is in Germany, where he continues treatment.