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Russian spy agent confesses that poison was smeared on Navalny’s underpants

Novichok gets absorbed into the skin when the victim starts to sweat

Alexei-Navalny-Rally-Reuters (File photo) Progress Party opposition leader Alexei Navalny at a rally in February, marking the assassination of politician Boris Nemtsov in 2015 | Reuters

A Russian agent directly involved in the attempt to kill Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny confessed on how Navalny was poisoned. A lethal nerve agent Novichok was planted in Navalny’s underpants, that led to him being poisoned in August.  

Navalny talked to two members of the team from Russia’s FSB spy agency, which allegedly tried to murder him over the phone. One of the operatives, Konstantin Kudryavtsev, talked to Navalny as Navalny made him think he was an aide working for a top FSB general. Kudryavstev told Navalny of others involved in the poisoning in the Siberian city of Tomsk, and how he was sent to clean things up.  

Last week, Russia-based website Bellingcat published details of the eight FSB officers who were allegedly involved in poisoning Navalny. 

Putin, last week had confirmed that FSB agents had tailed Navalny and if they wanted him dead, "they would've probably finished it."

Kudryavstev went on to say how the nerve agent was applied on Navalny’s underpants. The agent, which gets absorbed into the skin when the victim starts to sweat, was smeared on either via the hotel’s laundry service or by FSB officers sneaking into Navalny’s hotel room. On August 20, Navalny wore those poisoned underpants and travelled to Tomsk airport and boarded a flight to Moscow. He fell violently ill soon after take off. The plane made an emergency landing and Navalny was hospitalised. 

Navalny, in September, had complained that Russia had destroyed evidence that he had been poisoned and demanded that his clothes be brought back from Russia. Kudryavstev said he was sent to Omsk five days later to collect and sanitise Navalny’s clothes, including his underwear. European laboratories had confirmed Navalny was poisoned with Novichok. 


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