German politicians from various parties, including Chancellor Angela Merkel, have questioned if the German-Russian project should be pursued, given the Russian government is suspected to be involved in the poisoning.
Siberian Police is consistently doing a check on the passengers that are traced who was on the flight from Tomsk to Moscow, the same flight Navalny falls sick on August 20. The Russian transport police, tasked with retracing Navalny's movements, released a statement to the effect that Russia would officially ask Germany for its officers and an "expert" to shadow German investigators.
The main and final day of voting comes up on Sunday, and will take place against the backdrop of months-long anti-Putin protests in the Far East and the near-fatal poisoning of dissident Alexei Navalny with the Soviet-developed nerve agent, Novichok.
Andrey Turchak, United Russia's general secretary, said the party had scored a "confident victory" in votes seen as a dry run for next year's parliament elections and weathered the smart voting strategy.
"It's in the best interests of our German colleagues to protect their reputations after all and to provide all necessary information that could shed at least some light on their accusations, which have been absolutely unsubstantiated so far", Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Friday.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Moscow resented foreign pressure over the case.
The implication of these comments is that the Russian Interior Ministry's investigation is not a criminal case, or could be a deliberate effort to discredit the possibility of a criminal assault.
The comments come as President Donald Trump has declined to condemn Russian Federation for the opposition leader's poisoning even as world leaders have censured Russian Federation and demanded answers.
At the same time, the German Defense Ministry noted that Berlin has no plans to share this data with Russia directly, since the Russian Federation is a OPCW member state.
Within this context, Moscow sent requests for legal assistance and more information on Navalny's case.
It is being understood by Der Spiegel that "Navalny can speak again and can likely remember details about his collapse". It reported that Bruno Kahl, the head of Germany's foreign intelligence agency, told a confidential meeting of officials that the substance was "stronger" than previously known forms of Novichok.
Mr Navalny's team urged Russians to vote for candidates from any party other than United Russia, which now dominates the federal parliament and many regional administrations. In recent years Novichok has been used on at least one other occasion in an attack on a Kremlin enemy.