OREANDA-NEWS. A journalistic investigation by several media outlets about the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been awarded the American television Emmy Award. The award in the category «Investigative Reporting in a news program» was given to a story that aired on CNN, the EMMY jury announced on Wednesday, September 29. The investigation was conducted jointly by journalists from CNN, Bellingcat, The Insider and Der Spiegel.

The authors of the journalistic investigation came to the conclusion that in August 2020, an attempt was made on Navalny using a banned chemical warfare agent of the Novichok group by employees of the FSB special group acting under the cover of the Institute of Criminology. The material published on December 14 last year indicates that FSB officers have been following Navalny for several years. Investigators found out that, according to the air travel database, members of the group flew to dozens of cities in Russia, where Navalny also flew.

Alexey Navalny was poisoned in Tomsk in August 2020 and then transported to Germany for treatment. Navalny accuses Russian President Vladimir Putin and the FSB of the assassination attempt. More than 50 OPCW member countries have called on Russia to investigate the poisoning of the politician. The Russian authorities deny all charges. The EU and the UK have imposed sanctions for poisoning Navalny.

On January 17, 2021, Navalny returned to Russia and was detained at Sheremetyevo Airport. On February 2, he was sentenced to 2 years and 8 months in prison on charges of violating the obligations of a probationer in the case of the cosmetics company «Yves Rocher». As part of this case, Alexei Navalny and his brother Oleg were found guilty of embezzlement in December 2014.

The Emmy Award is considered the most prestigious world award in the field of television. The name of the award comes from the word immy — this was the name of the transmitting vacuum tube in the first television cameras.