Kira Yarmysh, Navalny’s closest aide, said: “The ban on transporting Navalny in an attempt on his life being carried out right now by doctors and the deceitful authorities that have authorized it.”

Zhdanov said the transport police officer refused to disclose the name of the substance, due to the secrecy of the investigation, but he explained that it was “deadly not only for Alexey, but also for those around him, everyone should be in protective suits.”