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In a written statement from the UK Foreign Office, it was stated that 7 people from the sanctioned Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) were directly responsible for planning or carrying out the attack on Navalny on August 20, 2020, and that these sanctions decisions were jointly with the United States.
British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab also made the following statement on this matter:
“Since the horrific poisoning of Alexei Navalny a year ago, the UK has been at the forefront of the international response to this appalling act. We are sending a clear message to the Russian state that all use of chemical weapons violates international law and requires transparent criminal investigation Russia We urge you to disclose the full stockpile of Novichok nerve gas.
RUSSIAN DISSIDENT NAVALNIY ARRESTED
It has been claimed that Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, 44, who was ill on the plane when he returned to Moscow from Siberia on August 20, 2020, was poisoned with a substance mixed with his tea. Navalny was taken to Berlin for treatment in a private plane from Omsk on August 22. Germany had announced that it was certain the Russian dissident was poisoned.
Alexeï Navalny was arrested on January 17 at Moscow airport upon his return from Germany where he was receiving treatment.
At the request of the Russian Federal Prison Service, the case against Navalny in the Moscow City Court was concluded on February 2, and the court converted Navalny’s 3.5-year suspended sentence, which had been handed down in the spent following a corruption case, in normal imprisonment on the grounds that he did not meet the conditions for judicial review.
The court had ruled that Navalny had to serve the remainder of his sentence in prison, given the 10 months he had previously spent under house arrest.
Unauthorized demonstrations took place in various cities of Russia for the release of imprisoned Navalny.
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