German authorities earlier claimed to have found traces of a military-grade nerve agent from the Novichok group in the Russian political activist’s blood, threatening Moscow with the possibility of new sanctions over the alleged poisoning.
Traces of the nerve agent were found not only in the blood, but the urine and on the skin of Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny, as well as on the bottle he drank from, the German magazine Der Spiegel reported, citing accounts of anonymous attendees of a Cabinet briefing on the alleged poisoning. According to the magazine, the information was presented to Cabinet members by a doctor from the Bundeswehr Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology, who claimed there was no doubt that the poison belonged to the Novichok nerve agent group.
The same sources, according to Der Spiegel, say that Navalny purportedly drank from the bottle after allegedly coming into contact with the nerve agent, leaving traces of it on the item. The political activist’s relatives reportedly kept the bottle ever since he felt unwell on board the Moscow-bound plane on 20 August, and later handed it over to German specialists.
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