Russian court upholds decision not to investigate Kremlin critic Navalny’s poisoning

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A Russian military court on Monday upheld a decision by state investigators not to open criminal investigations into the poisoning of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny and rejected a legal appeal by his allies, one of his legal team said.

Navalny, 44, fell ill on a flight in Siberia in August and was airlifted to Germany, where doctors concluded he had been poisoned with a nerve agent. The Kremlin has denied any role in his illness and said it has seen no proof he was poisoned.

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After recovering in Germany and returning to Russia, Navalny, President Vladimir Putin’s most prominent critic, was jailed last month for around two and a half years over parole violations he called trumped up.

His allies had asked Russian law enforcement authorities to open criminal cases into his poisoning and had filed a legal complaint against what they said was the authorities’ unacceptable inaction.

But a Moscow military court on Monday rejected their appeal, Vyacheslav Gimadi, the head of the legal department at Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation, said on Twitter as did the Navalny Team’s official Twitter account.

The court ruled that state investigators’ refusal to look into the matter formally, a decision they said was justified by what they said was a lack of evidence that a crime had taken place, was lawful, Russian news agencies reported.

Navalny’s team said it planned to appeal the ruling.

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