The centre has called a “provocation unsubstantiated” media reports that its employee brought the poison to Prague

The Russian Federal Agency for Commonwealth of Independent States, compatriots living abroad and international humanitarian cooperation (Rossotrudnichestvo) reject the information provided by the Czech media that the acting head of representation office in the Czech Republic Andrei Kondakov delivered the poison ricin to Prague to poison local politicians and officials.

On 11 may the head of Rossotrudnichestvo Eleonora Mitrofanova said the Agency “RIA Novosti”that such publication is “without provocation.”

She called Konchakova “young man with the Czech language, which is good for this country and loves it.”

26 APR Czech newspaper Respekt published an investigationwhere it was alleged that three weeks ago in Prague arrived the employee of the Russian special services with a diplomatic passport, which with me could be the poison ricin to poison a number of Czech officials, including the mayor of the Czech capital Zdenek Griba and the head of administration of the 6th district of Prague ondřej Kolář. After that, Grzyba and Kolář took custody.

The Russian Embassy in Prague has called the publication of speculation and called to give her “appropriate assessment”.

May 11 the Czech public broadcaster Česká televize and the Internet-the edition Seznam Zprávy said that the poison in Prague could deliver the acting head of mission Rossotrudnichestvo in this country Konchakov. According to journalists, the ricin he was carrying a diplomatic bag. Konchakova to detain and check his Luggage were not because of fears that the information may be part of a disinformation campaign to discredit the Czech intelligence services, journalists found a Česká televize. According Zprávy Seznam, the Czech intelligence believes Konchakova employee of one of Russian security services.

Himself a diplomat, to which reporters asked for comment, said, “this must be a mistake” because he was carrying in his suitcase “sanitizer and candy.”

Kolář was one of the initiators of the Prague dismantling of the monument to Soviet Marshal Ivan Konev, and Grib – renaming the square in front of the Russian Embassy in honor of slain Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov. Both events caused a negative reaction in Russia. The imprint of the Russian Federation initiated on the fact of demolition of the monument to a criminal case under part 3 of article 354.1 to the Criminal code (desecration of symbols of Russia’s military glory, committed publicly), and the Russian Embassy in Prague decided to change the address.

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