Kremlin critic Navalny to address MEPs on Friday

The 44-year-old Kremlin critic on August 20 fell ill on a flight from Siberia to Moscow, forcing the plane to make an emergency landing in Omsk, where he spent two days in hospital before being evacuated to Germany, where he received treatment for 32 days, including 24 days in intensive care. EPA-EFE/YURI KOCHETKOV

Russian opposition leader and anti-corruption activist Alexei Navalny (C) takes part in a memorial march for Boris Nemtsov marking the fifth anniversary of his assassination in Moscow, Russia, 29 February 2020 (reissued 02 September 2020). The flight was interrupted and after landing in Omsk Navalny was delivered to hospital with a suspicion on a toxic poisoning. Navalny was discharged in late September from Berlin Charite Hospital, after more than a month of treatment for poisoning with a nerve agent from the Novichok group. style=”font-size:40px; line-height: 1.3em; font-weight: 800; padding:7px;”>Kremlin critic Navalny to address MEPs on Friday

By Zoe Didili
Journalist, New Europe

epa08641530 (FILE) – Russian opposition leader and anti-corruption activist Alexei Navalny (C) takes part in a memorial march for Boris Nemtsov marking the fifth anniversary of his assassination in Moscow, Russia, 29 February 2020 (reissued 02 September 2020). While German authorities support there is “unequivocal” evidence he was poisoned, citing tests carried out in labs in Germany, France and Sweden, Moscow said it has yet to see evidence of a crime and refused to open a criminal investigation. In October, the bloc’s foreign affairs ministers agreed on targeted sanctions on individuals and entities deemed responsible for the poisoning of Navalny and for breach of international norms, “based on their official function, as well as an entity involved in the Novichok programme.” 
EU’s restrictive measures include asset freezes and travel bans that could target members of Russia’s GRU military intelligence agency, and which are set to be implemented before December’s summit. Navalny is treated at the Charite hospital in Berlin since 22 August 2020. The German government spokesperson on 02 September 2020 said it ‘the unequivocal proof’ that Navalny was poisoned with a nerve agent from the Novichok group was established. He was first placed in an hospital in Omsk, Russia, after he felt bad on board of a plane on his way from Tomsk to Moscow. Along with Navalny, MEPs will also hold talks with other prominent opposition figures, including Vladimir Kara-Murza, Chairman of the Boris Nemtsov Foundation and Vice President of the Free Russia Foundation, Vladimir Milov, Former Deputy Minister of Energy of Russia and Ilya Yashin, Head of the Krasnoselsky Municipality. EPA-EFE/YURI KOCHETKOV

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Russia’s opposition leader Alexei Navalny is set to discuss EU-Russia relations with Europe’s lawmakers on Friday, during a meeting of the parliament’s foreign affairs committee.