Navalny was poisoned with Novichok on hotel water bottle, not cup of tea, says his team

IMAGE: This photo published by Alexei Navalny on his Instagram shows Alex and his wife Yulia, right, daughter Daria, and son Zakhar, top left, in a hospital in Berlin, Germany. He posted this on Instagram Tuesday Sept. 15, 2020: "Hi, this is Navalny. I have been missing you. I still can't do much, but yesterday I managed to breathe on my own for the entire day."

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has survived an attempted assassination with the Russian military nerve agent Novichok. On Thursday, Navalny and his team said a water bottle with a trace of Novichok was identified in his hotel room in the Siberian city of Tomsk. Navalny became violently ill on a flight from Tomsk to Moscow last month, and was placed in a coma. When the Russian government finally relented and allowed his transfer to Germany, he remained in the induced coma state for 2 more weeks, in treatment with an antidote at Charité hospital in Berlin.

From Associated Press today:

The Kremlin has bristled at calls from German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other leaders to answer questions about the poisoning, urging Germany to provide its evidence.

On Tuesday, Navalny posted a picture of himself from his hospital bed, hugged by his wife and children. "I still can't do almost anything on my own, but yesterday I managed to breathe on my own for the entire day," he added in the post.