Navalny was to be traded for Vadim Krasikov earlier than his demise, says affiliate | EUROtoday

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Negotiations had been underway on a prisoner change that might have concerned swapping Alexei Navalny and two Americans for a Russian agent imprisoned in Germany, when the Russian opposition chief died in jail, one among his associates stated Monday.

Maria Pevchikh, who chairs Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation, stated in a video tackle on YouTube that negotiations had been of their ultimate levels on Feb. 15 simply earlier than his demise within the “Polar Wolf” jail colony within the Yamalo-Nenets area of northern Russia.

She alleged that Russian President Vladimir Putin, having gained Germany’s settlement to incorporate Vadim Krasikov in a prisoner swap, then determined to “get rid of the bargaining chip,” by having Navalny killed, in order that the agent imprisoned for homicide could possibly be exchanged for another person.

Russia’s investigation into Navalny’s demise concluded that he died of “natural causes,” and the Kremlin has strongly criticized Western leaders for holding Putin accountable.

In Krasikov’s trial, German prosecutors stated he was performing on the orders of Russia’s Federal Security Service, or FSB, when he shot and killed a former Chechen insurgent, Zelimkhan Khangoshvili, in a Berlin park in broad daylight in 2019.

Pevchikh didn’t determine which Americans would have been included within the change. But Putin, in a current interview with former Fox News tv host Tucker Carlson, hinted he can be keen to change Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich, who was arrested final March and accused of espionage, for Krasikov, whom he described as performing out of “patriotic” motives.

Gershkovich, his employer and the State Department have strongly denied the Russian prices in opposition to him.