Family of British woman who died after poisoning by Novichok sues Russia

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Family of British woman who died after poisoning by Novichok sues Russia

The family of the British woman Don Sturges, who died, allegedly after being poisoned with the nerve agent Novichok in Amesbury, has filed a lawsuit in the High Court of London for Russia's human rights violations. The Daily Mirror reports.

The family's lawyers have started proceedings in court in accordance with the European Convention on Human Rights. The details of the claim were not disclosed, but it is known that the defendants are the Russian Federation, the Russian Defense Ministry and the Main Directorate of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces (better known as the GRU).

The publication notes that the application can be considered only after the end of the investigation into the causes of Sturges' death.

In July, the relatives of the late British woman had already filed a lawsuit with the High Court of London, but then their application was refused to be considered. In the verdict of the judges, it was said that a number of evidence points to Moscow's involvement and its use of a prohibited toxin. However, it was also noted that “there was not and (if you look realistically) there will not be a criminal trial, in which the details of how this horrific event became possible will be considered publicly.”

Don Sturges and her husband Charlie Rowley were poisoned in June 2018 by the Novichok nerve agent, which was poisoned by former GRU officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in March in the neighboring town of Salisbury. The couple was admitted to the same hospital where Skripali received treatment, but the woman died. Rowley came to his senses.

Later, the man said that he found a bottle with the alleged poison in the park and presented it to Sturges, mistaking it for perfume. The British Ministry of Defense soon announced Russia's involvement in the death of the woman, the Russian side denied all charges.

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