Russia’s Ministry of Internal Affairs made the announcement in a statement on Friday and said Moscow plans to send investigators to work alongside German colleagues on the case, after reports emerged Navalny had come out of a coma.
"This request will include an appeal to allow the presence of investigators from Russian domestic organizations examining the case, as well as the presence of a Russian specialist while our German colleagues are carrying out their investigation with Navalny, doctors and experts,” the statement said.
The ministry also requested permission to ask clarifying and additional questions in Navalny’s case.
The 44-year-old Navalny was taken ill on a domestic flight on August 20 and was later transported to the German capital, Berlin, where he was said to have been poisoned. His aides had already claimed that a cup of tea that he had drunk before the flight had been poisoned, blaming Moscow.
But doctors at a hospital in the Siberian city of Omsk where he was initially admitted said they had found no traces of poisoning in his blood or tissue samples, and underlined that the deterioration in his health had been caused by a sudden drop of glucose in his blood due to a metabolic imbalance.
However, German Chancellor Angela Merkel was quick to allege that there was “unequivocal evidence” that Navalny had been poisoned with a Novichok nerve agent and that she would consult NATO allies about how to respond.
Western governments have since been attacking Russia with accusations that it poisoned Navalny.