Russia’s FSB Allegedly Tried To Poison Navalny A Second Time, Or Maybe The GRU Did, Who Knows, Really?

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Russia's FSB Allegedly Tried To Poison Navalny A Second Time, Or Maybe The GRU Did, Who Knows, Really?

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The comedy series with the alleged ‘novichok poisoning’ (spoiler: NO) of neo-liberal, pro-Western Russian ‘opposition figure’ Alexey Navalny just got the second season.

So, here you go: The Times claimed that Russia allegedly attempted to assassinate opposition figure Alexey Navalny a second time, again with Novichok, after the first alleged attempt failed.

“The lethal nerve agent is said to have been used again with the hopes that he would die before he arrived in Berlin for medical treatment after the Kremlin gave into pressure from around the world to let him travel.”

However, the extremely deadly nerve agent that the entire world fears is apparently incredibly ineffective, or Navalny was, somehow, inoculated to it.

Allegedly, he was given an “antidote” that saved his life and stopped the alleged second batch of poison.

“That atropine saved his life,” former commander of the British army’s Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Regiment, Hamish de Bretton-Gordon told The Times.

The Times alleged that Russian security forces may have influenced the doctor who treated Navalny in Omsk.

Of course, that’s why he later announced that “Putin’s greatest critic” was probably suffering from a metabolic disorder rather than poisoning.

So-called unnamed German security sources believe that the would-be assassins used this opportunity to carry out a second attack with the deadly nerve agent.

“This was with a view to him being dead by the time he arrived in Berlin,” the newspaper quoted one source as saying.

So far, according to MSM and various Western officials, Russia has attempted to poison Sergey Skripal and his daughter Yulia Skripal, and has twice tried to poison Alexey Navalny. So far, all three alleged attempts by Russian GRU agents failed.

This was according to The Times’ version.

Then comes “investigative website” Bellingcat’s version, which was created in conjunction with CNN.

“A Bellingcat investigation with CNN has identified at least six members of a Russian intelligence team that specializes in toxins and nerve agents. Phone and flight records show that for years, the team’s operatives surveilled Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny. Navalny was poisoned during a trip to Tomsk in August.”

Apparently, not only did Russia allegedly try to poison Navalny on August 20th, and then try again shortly after that, but they also allegedly tried in July 2020, but also failed.

It happened when Alexey Navalny and his wife Yulia were on vacation in Kaliningrad, Russia’s exclave between Latvia and Poland.

On July 6th, Yulia fell ill after returning home.

Navalny told CNN that she described a sense of sudden exhaustion and disorientation. Yulia recovered and the exact cause of her illness was not determined.

Experts told CNN that such symptoms are consistent with a low dosage of poisoning. And looking back, Navalny believes the symptoms were “absolutely the same” as those he would suffer weeks later.

“I couldn’t connect these dots. Now I realize how bad she was, what it was, the kind of terrible, terrible feeling she experienced at this time.”

It all just made sense now, despite these same experts cited by CNN haven’t even been mentioned by name.

Furthermore, Maria Pevchikh, somebody who was largely unknown prior to August 20th, turns out is a campaign manager of sorts for Navalny, and she was widely and well known.

According to the investigation, furthermore, Navalny had not one team of five or six people targeting him, but actually two teams.

Essentially, the claim is that not 6, but 12 FSB agents wanted to poison and kill Alexey Navalny, and they all failed.

And yes – this version claims the FSB did it, not the GRU.

On December 14th, CNN visited the home of Oleg Tayakin, who is allegedly a member of an elite team in the FSB and who monitored allegedly the toxins team’s communications while Navalny was in Siberia.

When asked whether he was involved with the unit, he abruptly closed the door without comment.

“Russian officials and media have advanced dozens of scenarios to explain Navalny’s poisoning, suggesting it might have been done on the plane that took him to Germany. One of the favorite theories of state media is that Pevchikh was responsible, working for British intelligence in an effort to smear the Russian government. Pevchikh has dismissed the allegation.”

At least if Pevchikh denies it, that’s enough proof anybody needs.

On December 11th, Russian President Vladimir Putin told Russia’s Human Rights Council that, while it was not necessary to open a criminal investigation every time someone nearly died, he had asked prosecutors to look into the Navalny case.

Russian analysts were looking at the materials available to them, Putin said, but were being blocked elsewhere.

“Our specialists are ready to travel abroad — to France, Germany, and the Netherlands — to see specialists who claim that poisonous warfare agents have been found there,” Putin said. “Nobody invites us. We invited them to us. They don’t come to us.”

If any of this holds water, this is quite pitiful in view of the activities of the Russian security service or the military intelligence. Be it the GRU or FSB, they both failed, more than once to eliminate a citizen of Russia, while he was in the country.

At the same time, the United States managed to assassinate an Iranian official, via drone strike, while he was in a country that was neither the US, nor Iran.

Puzzling, really.


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