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Senin, 21 Desember 2020

Novichok nerve agent allegedly placed in underwear of poisoned Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny - ABC News

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has released a recording of a phone call he says he made to a Russian state security operative, claiming he tricked the agent into disclosing details of a botched plot to kill him by placing poison in his underpants.

Mr Navalny, one of Russian President Vladimir Putin's most outspoken critics, was airlifted to Germany for treatment in August after collapsing on a plane in Russia.

Germany has said he was poisoned with a Soviet-style Novichok nerve agent in an attempt to murder him, an assertion many Western nations accept.

Mr Navalny declared his poisoning case solved earlier this month when a joint media inquiry said it had identified a team of assassins from Russia's FSB security service.

The Kremlin has repeatedly rejected any suggestion that Russia was involved in the failed assassination attempt — last week, Mr Putin said if the Kremlin had wanted to poison Mr Navalny, they "would have finished him off".

In a video published on his website on Monday, Mr Navalny said he had phoned up some of his alleged poisoners before the joint investigation was released, posing as an aide to the secretary of Russia's Security Council.

Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures while speaking from behind a desk wearing a suit and tie.
Mr Putin has repeatedly denied Kremlin involvement in the poisoning.(AP: Alexei Druzhinin)

One of the men, named by Mr Navalny as an employee of Russia's FSB security service, spoke to him for 49 minutes: he said he was part of the clean-up team, and pointed to Mr Navalny's underwear as a place where the substance that poisoned the politician may have been planted.

The man on the other end of the call indicated that he was involved in the "processing" of Navalny's clothes so "there wouldn’t be any traces" — the clothes Mr Navalny was wearing when he was first hospitalised in Russia, and placed into a coma, have not been returned to him.

A few times, the man expressed reluctance to speak on an unsecured line, but kept answering Mr Navalny's questions without calling the politician by his name or naming the toxic substance to which he was exposed.

The politician asked "what went wrong" and why Mr Navalny survived the poisoning. The man on the other end replied "it would have all gone differently" if the plane hadn't made the emergency landing, and if not for the quick work of medical professionals.

When Mr Navalny asked which of item of clothing bore the highest concentration of the toxin, the man said it was the underwear.

He suggested that the substance was "absorbed quickly" and that was why no traces of it could have been found on the politician's body.

The man also indicated that he was aware of the international scandal that followed Mr Navalny's illness: "I watch TV, too, and read the internet. They weren't expecting all of this, I'm sure that everything went the wrong way."

Alexei Navalny sits in a hospital bed in a medical gown surrounded by three people in protective gowns, masks and hair nets
Mr Navalny was airlifted to Germany for treatment after the poisoning.(Supplied/Instagram)

Reuters and the Associated Press could not independently verify the face of the phone call or the identity of the man Mr Navalny spoke to.

Russia's FSB security service said the recorded phone call was "fake", according to the state TASS news agency, calling Mr Navalny's investigation into his alleged poisoning a "planned provocation".

The video received over 5.5 million views on YouTube within hours of being posted.

Navalny, who is an anti-corruption investigator as well as a politician, is one of the Kremlin's fiercest critics. His Foundation for Fighting Corruption has been exposing graft among government officials, including some at the highest level.

The most prominent member of Russia's political opposition, Mr Navalny campaigned to challenge Mr Putin in the 2018 presidential election but was barred from running.

He set up a network of campaign offices across Russia and has since been putting forward opposition candidates in regional elections, increasingly putting pressure on members of Russia's ruling party, United Russia.

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