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Team Navalny Offers Rewards for Poisoning Evidence

Alexei Navalny during a court hearing via video feed Thursday, the first time he has been pictured in six months. @EvgenyFeldman / twitter

Jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny’s team is offering rewards in exchange for evidence and information about the August 2020 nerve-agent poisoning that nearly killed him, they said on Thursday.

The opposition leader’s associates have launched a new website documenting all that is currently known about his poisoning, including Western governments’ conclusions that he was poisoned with a banned nerve agent and investigative journalists’ findings that linked the poisoning to Russia’s security services.

“We want to collect even more evidence so that the whole world knows who is behind the poisoning of Navalny,” they wrote.

The largest reward is 3 million rubles ($40,700) in exchange for video surveillance footage from Navalny’s hotel in Siberia on the day of his poisoning.

His team is also offering 1.5 million rubles ($20,300) for information about the poisoning or alleged FSB poisoners “which significantly complements the overall picture and provides additional irrefutable evidence, as well as for information about other similar special operations.”

The last reward, 500,000 rubles ($6,800), is for information about what Navalny’s poisoners are doing today and what happened to them following the release of the investigations.

“If we can verify your information and it turns out to be valuable enough, we will transfer the reward to the cryptocurrency wallet you specified,” the website says.

The website does not specify the funding source for the reward money.

Navalny fell severely ill on a flight in Siberia, forcing the plane to make an emergency landing in Omsk. He was later evacuated to Germany, where he spent two months in a coma and several more in recovery.

Western scientists concluded Navalny was poisoned with the Soviet-designed nerve agent Novichok and Navalny alleges the attack was carried out on the Kremlin’s orders. An investigation by Bellingcat, The Insider, Der Spiegel and CNN indicated that Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) was behind the poisoning. The Kremlin has denied any involvement.

Following his return to Russia, Navalny was sentenced to 2.5 years in a prison colony for violating parole while in recovery abroad. In June, his opposition groups were banned within Russia as “extremist” organizations, prompting most of his aides to flee abroad to avoid criminal prosecution.

Despite pressure from the West, Russia has refused to open a criminal probe into Navalny’s poisoning.

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