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Thursday, 3 September 2020

Russian Opposition leader Alexei Navalny poisoned with Soviet-era nerve agent, says Germany

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday said that Russian Opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who is in a serious condition at a Berlin hospital, was poisoned with a Soviet-style Novichok chemical nerve agent, Reuters reported.

“This is disturbing information about the attempted murder through poisoning against a leading Russian opposition figure,” Merkel said at a press conference. “Alexei Navalny was the victim of an attack with a chemical nerve agent of the Novichok group. There are very serious questions now that only the Russian government can answer, and must answer.”

Navalny, an outspoken critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, collapsed on a flight from Siberia to Moscow on August 20 after drinking tea at the airport. His allies said he was deliberately poisoned, but Russian authorities have said there is no evidence of this. On August 22, he was brought to Berlin’s Charite hospital for medical treatment. Tests carried out by the Army in consultation with the hospital revealed “unequivocal evidence” of poisoning, the German government said.

Russia has asked Germany to provide test results for information of the medical tests, including drugs, poisons, heavy metals and cholinesterase inhibitors, which affect the nervous system, according to Reuters. Moscow has also denied involvement in the incident and the Russian foreign ministry said Germany’s assertion was not...

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