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Poisoning of Alexei Navalny

Motion for a resolution | Doc. 15155 | 01 October 2020

Mr Jacques MAIRE, France, ALDE ; Ms Boriana ÅBERG, Sweden, EPP/CD ; Ms Luise AMTSBERG, Germany, SOC ; Mr Duncan BAKER, United Kingdom, EC/DA ; Ms Maryna BARDINA, Ukraine, ALDE ; Ms Doris BARNETT, Germany, SOC ; Mr Olivier BECHT, France, ALDE ; Mr Irakli BERAIA, Georgia, SOC ; Ms Reina de BRUIJN-WEZEMAN, Netherlands, ALDE ; Mr Iulian BULAI, Romania, ALDE ; Mr Algirdas BUTKEVIČIUS, Lithuania, SOC ; Ms Laura CASTEL, Spain, NR ; Mr Boriss CILEVIČS, Latvia, SOC ; Mr Damien COTTIER, Switzerland, ALDE ; Ms Jennifer DE TEMMERMAN, France, ALDE ; Ms Andrea EDER-GITSCHTHALER, Austria, EPP/CD ; Mr Piero FASSINO, Italy, SOC ; Lord George FOULKES, United Kingdom, SOC ; Mr André GATTOLIN, France, ALDE ; Mr Simonas GENTVILAS, Lithuania, ALDE ; Mr Dimitar GLAVCHEV, Bulgaria, EPP/CD ; Ms Marija GOLUBEVA, Latvia, ALDE ; Mr Oleksii GONCHARENKO, Ukraine, EC/DA ; Mr Fabien GOUTTEFARDE, France, ALDE ; Mr Jean-Pierre GRIN, Switzerland, ALDE ; Mr Frank HEINRICH, Germany, EPP/CD ; Ms Gabriela HEINRICH, Germany, SOC ; Mr Christoph HOFFMANN, Germany, ALDE ; Mr Dimitri HOUBRON, France, ALDE ; Mr Andrej HUNKO, Germany, UEL ; Ms Gyde JENSEN, Germany, ALDE ; Ms María Teresa JIMÉNEZ-BECERRIL, Spain, EPP/CD ; Ms Maria JUFEREVA-SKURATOVSKI, Estonia, ALDE ; Mr Josip JURATOVIC, Germany, SOC ; Mr Artuss KAIMIŅŠ, Latvia, NR ; Mr Serhii KALCHENKO, Ukraine, EC/DA ; Mr Raimond KALJULAID, Estonia, SOC ; Mr Eduard KÖCK, Austria, EPP/CD ; Mr Tiny KOX, Netherlands, UEL ; Ms Yevheniia KRAVCHUK, Ukraine, ALDE ; Ms Stephanie KRISPER, Austria, ALDE ; Mr Eerik-Niiles KROSS, Estonia, ALDE ; Mr Konstantin KUHLE, Germany, ALDE ; Mr Kakhaber KUTCHAVA, Georgia, SOC ; Ms Carmen LEYTE, Spain, EPP/CD ; Ms Inese LĪBIŅA-EGNERE, Latvia, EPP/CD ; Mr Ian LIDDELL-GRAINGER, United Kingdom, EC/DA ; Mr Michael LINK, Germany, ALDE ; Mr Reinhold LOPATKA, Austria, EPP/CD ; Ms Alexandra LOUIS, France, ALDE ; Mr Matern von MARSCHALL, Germany, EPP/CD ; Ms María Valentina MARTÍNEZ FERRO, Spain, EPP/CD ; Mr Kęstutis MASIULIS, Lithuania, EPP/CD ; Baroness Doreen MASSEY, United Kingdom, SOC ; Mr Oleksandr MEREZHKO, Ukraine, SOC ; Ms Mariia MEZENTSEVA, Ukraine, EPP/CD ; Mr Ola MÖLLER, Sweden, SOC ; Mr Andreas NICK, Germany, EPP/CD ; Ms Fiona O'LOUGHLIN, Ireland, ALDE ; Mr Pieter OMTZIGT, Netherlands, EPP/CD ; Ms Yuliia OVCHYNNYKOVA, Ukraine, ALDE ; Ms Linda OZOLA, Latvia, EPP/CD ; Mr Christian PETRY, Germany, SOC ; Mr Aleksander POCIEJ, Poland, EPP/CD ; Mr Michel REIMON, Austria, SOC ; Ms Dana REIZNIECE-OZOLA, Latvia, EPP/CD ; Mr Gonzalo ROBLES, Spain, EPP/CD ; Mr Axel SCHÄFER, Germany, SOC ; Ms Ingjerd SCHOU, Norway, EPP/CD ; Mr Frank SCHWABE, Germany, SOC ; Mr Serhii SOBOLIEV, Ukraine, EPP/CD ; Ms Petra STIENEN, Netherlands, ALDE ; Mr Raivo TAMM, Estonia, EPP/CD ; Ms Liliana TANGUY, France, ALDE ; Ms Vilja TOOMAST, Estonia, ALDE ; Ms Laurence TRASTOUR-ISNART, France, EPP/CD ; Ms Nicole TRISSE, France, ALDE ; Mr André VALLINI, France, SOC ; Mr Egidijus VAREIKIS, Lithuania, EPP/CD ; Ms Lesia VASYLENKO, Ukraine, EPP/CD ; Ms Anne-Mari VIROLAINEN, Finland, EPP/CD ; Mr Sergiy VLASENKO, Ukraine, EPP/CD ; Ms Martine WONNER, France, ALDE ; Ms Yelyzaveta YASKO, Ukraine, EPP/CD ; Ms Lesia ZABURANNA, Ukraine, ALDE ; Mr Emanuelis ZINGERIS, Lithuania, EPP/CD

On 20 August 2020, prominent Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was hospitalised in the Russian Federation and transferred to Germany two days later. On 2 September, the German Government officially declared that it had “unequivocal proof” that Mr Navalny had been poisoned with a Novichok-type nerve agent. These conclusions were later confirmed by a French and a Swedish laboratories. Russian authorities have denied any implication into the poisoning and no criminal investigation has been launched in the Russian Federation so far.

This poisoning is not the first life-threatening attack on an opposition figure in the Russian Federation. It has implications on European politics and on the state of democracy and human rights in the Russian Federation.

Recalling the statements made by Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Dunja Mijatović and Parliamentary Assembly co-rapporteurs on the monitoring of the honouring of obligations and commitments by the Russian Federation, Ria Oomen-Ruijten and Axel Schäfer, having regard to the previous experience of our Organisation in providing a framework for international investigation into politically sensitive crimes, while noting that a report of the Assembly does not replace nor does it intend to replace any investigation – be it national or international, we call on the Assembly to contribute to shedding light on the circumstances of the poisoning of Mr Navalny in a special report.