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Russia's Navalny was Poisoned with a Nerve Agent says Germany


What Happened:

  • According to the German Government, Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was poisoned with a chemical nerve agent from the Novichok group.

  • Navalny, a politician and corruption investigator and one of Putin's harshest critics, fell ill on a flight from Tomsk to Moscow and has been receiving treatment at a hospital in Berlin.

  • Steffen Siebert, speaking on behalf of the German government, said, "It is a dismaying event that Alexei Navalny was the victim of an attack with a chemical nerve agent in Russia."

"It is a dismaying event that Alexei Navalny was the victim of an attack with a chemical nerve agent in Russia." - Steffen Siebert, German Govt. Spokesman
  • This is the same nerve agent that was used on a former Russian spy, Sergei Skripal, in 2018.

  • Germany has requested a response from the Russian government. On Wednesday, the Kremlin said it hadn’t been informed of Navalny being poisoned with a nerve agent: "Such information hasn’t been relayed to us” said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov to the state run Tass news agency.

  • The German Govt. will inform its partners in the EU and NATO about the test results so they can agree on "an appropriate joint response." Germany also will contact the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.


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