Russia faces difficulties in investigating the Navalny case now that evidence has been removed. That is what the Kremlin says on Tuesday.
Navalny, a prominent critic of President Vladimir Putin, was transported to Germany by plane from Russia last month after falling ill while on a flight from the Siberian city of Tomsk to Moscow.
Germany has concluded that he was poisoned with the nerve poison Novichok. Russia says it still hasn’t seen evidence of poisoning.
The water bottle alleged to have poisoned the Russian opposition leader could have served as evidence, according to the Kremlin. But because the bottle was taken from the hotel to Germany by Navalny supporters, the Russian authorities were unable to investigate it.
Navalny’s team reported last week that traces of a nerve poison had been found on the water bottle. The Kremlin says it cannot respond to that because it does not have that bottle.
Russia has long insisted that it wants to see more evidence before even opening a criminal case. Germany and other Western countries have asked Moscow for clarification about the poisoning.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov said Russia is still having difficulties obtaining information from Germany on the matter.