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.


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