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On December 21st, Russian opposition figure Alexey Navalny published a conversation with an alleged FSB officer by the name of Konstantin Kudryavtsev.
It is, of course, a mystery how the agent didn’t recognize the voice of the person who he was allegedly tasked to kill, but, well, asking questions has always been a vice.
Navalny reportedly called one FSB officer first, and that officer immediately recognized him and hung up.
The second operative, Konstantin Kudryavtsev, was seemingly duped into thinking he was talking to an aide working for a top FSB general.
The call was allegedly carried out just hours before on December 14th, “investigative website” Bellingcat published “details” of the FSB officers who allegedly failed to kill Navalny – not once, but twice, according to MSM.
A careful observer can notice that Navalny’s phone call is “very very legitimate”, since both the Bellingcat investigation and the MSM reports and his video contain the photograph of Kudryavtsev.
The information regarding the alleged agent provided by Navalny and Bellingcat is the following:
“Konstantin Kudryavtsev, cover name Konstantin “Sokolov”, born 28 April 1980.
Served at a chemical warfare military unit in Shikhany. Graduated Russia’s Military Chemical-Biological Defense Academy before joining the FSB’s Criminalistics Institute.”
Quite thorough, as one can easily see.
Regarding the investigation, Bellingcat said the following:
“This investigation has unearthed large volumes of data implicating Russia’s preeminent security agency, the FSB, in tailing Navalny over a long period of time using operatives that have specialized training in chemical weapons, chemistry and medicine – a skillset inconsistent with regular surveillance practices. These operatives were in the vicinity of the opposition activist in the days and hours of the time-range during which he was poisoned with a military-grade chemical weapon. They were in the vicinity of Navalny on at least one other occasion when a family member felt inexplicable symptoms consistent with a non-lethal, accidental dosage of the same toxin. They had previously tailed the opposition figure on over 37 trips in the last four years. Given this implausible series of coincidences, the burden of proof for an innocent explanation appears to rest purely with the Russian state.
This independent investigation, which will be expanded upon in future contributions, is particularly important given that no country has offered its jurisdiction to investigate the poisoning of Navalny, a political activist, blogger and former presidential candidate, with a banned chemical weapon. Such tacit refusal to investigate amounts to a deferral of the duty to investigate to Russia – a state that is not only implicated in the crime itself, but one which has officially declined to open a formal investigation.
The Bellingcat Investigative Team has assembled a timeline of movements, phone calls, and actions taken by the FSB operatives (Team 9) and by Alexey Navalny’s team.”
The Russian state, according to Bellingcat, needs to prove that it is innocent, because there are “too many coincidences” for anything to be an accident. That’s essentially all of it – guilty, until proven innocent.
It is thus, quite puzzling, that an individual who allegedly trailed Navalny for a while, and listened to his conversations and more managed to fall victim to a simple telephone scam, as can be seen and heard in the video.
This is how the conversation went:
Navalny introduced himself as “Maxim Ustinov”, an entirely made-up individual, and asked Kudryavtsev for details of the operation and demanded to know what had gone wrong.
Apparently, entirely unaware that he was actually speaking to the individual he was supposed to kill, as if in a spy-comedy, Kudryavtsev apparently confirmed the FSB was behind the poisoning. He said his colleagues had applied novichok to the “inner seams” of the opposition leader’s boxer shorts, when Navalny was staying in the Siberian city of Tomsk.
What’s interesting is that Novichok was on his underwear, according to this version of events.
But the official version of events said that it was on a water bottle, and that Novichok traces had been found there.
Which version is the true one, since at least one must be false?
A reconnaissance team had previously visited the Xander hotel and switched off the CCTV cameras, Kudryavtsev said. Once the all-clear had been given, operatives deployed the poison.
“It had been previously thought Navalny may have been exposed to the nerve agent through a cup of tea or a cocktail,” the Guardian reported.
The German government concluded that there was Novichok traces on the water bottle.
Or maybe the evil FSB decided to take no chance and poisoned his underwear and his water bottle?
It is also possible that Navalny simply, somehow, carries his water bottle inside his underwear.
It now appears that, allegedly, the Novichok was administered in the form of a spray or an ointment, either via the hotel’s laundry service or by FSB officers sneaking into Navalny’s hotel room.
MSM and the German government must rush to change the official, “proven” version.
The situation is quite dubious. It appears that the contradicting versions of evidence, of what specifically happened are a clear indication that somebody isn’t specifically telling the truth.
At the same time, the recording is either entirely fake, with an individual who is no FSB officer, it is possible that it also isn’t a phone call, but just a conversation that’s essentially an elaborate prank, but aimed at blaming a foreign government with assassination.
If the recording is real, then somehow an agent tasked to follow, and allegedly kill, Navalny didn’t how his voice sounded over the phone. Clearly the FSB have low standards if their “clandestine kill squads” are filled with individuals presenting such low levels of professionalism.
If that’s the case, there’s nothing to feel sorry about, apart from Russia which allegedly fails to kill anybody with a scary and lethal nerve agent.
Regardless, there’s still no concrete evidence, even the Bellingcat “investigation” is mostly built from “testimony” from people from Navalny’s team. The issue there is that you can point at just about anybody and say that he’s a “Kremlin agent” or an “FSB Officer”, and if one wants to see them, there are secret kill squads all around. A dime a dozen, really.
Navalny’s Novichok Poisoning Fairy Tales Collapse Under Pressure Of Evidence (7.10.2020):
The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has handed over to Germany a report on poisoning of Russian hardcore neo-liberal and pro-Western opposition figure Alexey Navalny, the organization said in a statement on October 6.
The statement confirms that Navalny was not ‘poisoned with Novichok’. Instead, it says that Blood and urine samples from Navalny contained a “cholinesterase inhibitor” with “structural characteristics” similar to Novichok chemicals, which are not even listed in the Annex on Chemicals to the Convention.
A statement issued on the OPCW official website says the following:
THE HAGUE, Netherlands—6 October 2020—The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) transmitted yesterday to the Federal Republic of Germany the report of the OPCW’s mission to provide requested technical assistance in regard to the poisoning of Mr Alexei Navalny, on 20 August 2020.
The results of the analysis by the OPCW designated laboratories of biomedical samples collected by the OPCW team and shared with the Federal Republic of Germany confirm that the biomarkers of the cholinesterase inhibitor found in Mr Navalny’s blood and urine samples have similar structural characteristics as the toxic chemicals belonging to schedules 1.A.14 and 1.A.15 that were added to the Annex on Chemicals to the Convention during the Twenty-Fourth Session of the Conference of the States Parties in November 2019. This cholinesterase inhibitor is not listed in the Annex on Chemicals to the Convention.
The Permanent Representation of Germany to the OPCW requested that the Technical Secretariat share the summary of this report with all States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention and make it publicly available.
The Director-General, H.E. Mr Fernando Arias, thanked the OPCW designated laboratories that supported the technical assistance request for their swift analysis. He further considered that these results constitute a matter of grave concern. States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention have declared the use of chemical weapons by anyone under any circumstances as reprehensible and wholly contrary to the legal norms established by the international community. It is therefore important now for States Parties to uphold the norm they have decided to adhere to more than 25 years ago. He reaffirmed the Secretariat’s readiness to continue assisting them through independent expertise.
Despite the OPCW statement, Navalny and mainstream media outlets continues to blatantly push the claim that his analyzes have found a ‘Novichok nerve agent’.
The words of the OPCW about “structurally similar substance” also leads to an apparent question. How really “similar” it was to Novichok nerve agent? For example, dichlorvos is also a cholinesterase inhibitor and “structurally similar” to many substances. The list of such substances is very wide.
Therefore, contrary to the mainstream narrative, the findings showed that Navalny was not poisoned by a chemical weapon. This substance can be anything, but it is not ‘deadly Novichok’ and not a chemical weapon, since it is all covered by the protocols to the Annex on Chemicals to the Convention. Therefore, any speculations about some ‘usage of chemical weapons’ and the vioaltion of the Convention on the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons are lie. Actions of the EU, NATO, the US, reports of mainstream media outlets and Navalny himself cant say what they want but the supposedly existing ‘evidence’ against Russia does not exist.
As to the mysterious ‘bottle with Novichok’ or other things of Navalny, which were transferred to the OPCW, they apparently also contained nothing besides a “cholinesterase inhibitor” with “structural characteristics” similar to dichlorvos.
Therefore, there are two main possible explanations of this situation:
- Drug addict Navalny got an overdose of something that he has become used to eat, drink, sniff etc.
- Mariya Pevchikh, which spent the night in Navalny’s room before the incident, poisoned him.
Now, the main question is how the self-proclaimed leader of the Russian opposition is going to return to Russia, and what moral right he has to do this. In the current conditions, it is also likely that the Navalny team and Navalny himself that continue lying about a ‘Novichok attack’ will face criminal cases for their libel actions. There is also a possibility that this was a false flag operation by Russian special services – a kind of ‘Putin-style two-move combination’ in which, Pevchikh was just exploited as a pawn.
MORE ON THE TOPIC:
- Russia’s FSB Allegedly Tried To Poison Navalny A Second Time, Or Maybe The GRU Did, Who Knows, Really?
- Kremlin Alleges Navalny Is “Working With CIA” After Bombshell Charge: ‘Putin Poisoned Me!’