Statement by Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel and Foreign Minister Heiko Maas on the case of Alexey Navalny

According to the Charité medical team, clinical findings indicate that Alexey Navalny was poisoned. In view of Mr Navalny’s major role in Russia’s political opposition, the country’s authorities are urgently called upon to fully investigate this act as a matter of urgency – and to do so in a completely transparent way.

Those responsible must be identified and brought to justice.

We hope that Mr Navalny can make a full recovery. We also send our best wishes to his family, for whom this is a most trying experience.