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    Protests for Alexei Navalny in Russia

    Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny is unconscious and in intensive care in hospital after apparently being poisoned, according to his spokeswoman.

    Kira Yarmysh said on Thursday that Navalny was flying from Siberia to Moscow when his plane made an emergency landing after he fell ill.

    "Alexei has toxic poisoning," she wrote on Twitter. "Alexei is now in intensive care."

    "We think that Alexei was poisoned with something mixed in his tea. That was the only thing he drank in the morning," Yarmysh said.

    Navalny is in the intensive care unit for toxicology patients in Emergency Hospital No 1 in the Siberia city of Omsk, the TASS state news agency reported.

    Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny is in a serious condition, TASS said, citing the head doctor of the hospital.

    The 44-year-old, known for his anti-corruption campaigns against top officials and outspoken criticism of President Vladimir Putin, has suffered physical attacks in the past.

    He suffered chemical burns to his eye in 2017 when attackers threw green dye used as a disinfectant at his face outside his office.


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    Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny is unconscious in hospital with suspected poisoning, his spokeswoman has said.

    The anti-corruption campaigner fell ill during a flight and the plane made an emergency landing in Omsk, Kira Yarmysh said, adding that they suspected something had been mixed into his tea.

    A hospital source confirmed treatment for poisoning to the Tass news agency.

    Mr Navalny, 44, is a staunch critic of President Vladimir Putin.

    In June he described a vote on constitutional reforms as a "coup" and a "violation of the constitution". The reforms allow Mr Putin to serve another two terms in office.

    Kira Yarmysh, the press secretary for the Anti-Corruption Foundation, which Mr Navalny founded in 2011, tweeted: "This morning Navalny was returning to Moscow from Tomsk.

    "During the flight, he felt ill. The plane made an urgent landing in Omsk. Alexei has toxic poisoning. Right now we are going to hospital."

    She added: "We suspect that Alexei was poisoned by something mixed into [his] tea. It was the only thing he drank since morning.

    "Doctors are saying that the toxic agent absorbed faster through the hot liquid. Right now Alexei is unconscious."

    Ms Yarmysh later tweeted that Mr Navalny was in intensive care, on a ventilator and in a coma, and that the police had been called.

    She said doctors were initially ready to share any information but were now saying the toxicology tests were delayed and were "clearly playing for time, and not saying what they know".

    Tass reported that the Omsk Emergency Hospital had confirmed he was in a serious condition.

    "Alexei Anatolyevich Navalny, born in 1976. Poisoning intensive care," the hospital source quoted by Tass said.

    Images on social media showed Mr Navalny being taken on a stretcher to an ambulance on the airport runway.

    Who is Alexei Navalny?

    He made a name for himself by exposing official corruption, labelling Mr Putin's United Russia as "the party of crooks and thieves", and has served several jail terms.

    In 2011 he was arrested and imprisoned for 15 days following protests over vote-rigging by Mr Putin's United Russia party in parliamentary elections.

    Mr Navalny was briefly jailed in July 2013 on embezzlement charges but denounced the sentence as political.

    He attempted to stand in the 2018 presidential race but was barred because of previous fraud convictions in a case he again said was politically motivated.

    Mr Navalny was also given a 30-day jail term in July 2019 after calling for unauthorised protests.

    He was taken ill during that jail sentence. Doctors diagnosed him with "contact dermatitis" but he said he had never had any acute allergic reactions and his own doctor suggested he might have been exposed to "some toxic agent". Mr Navalny also said he thought he may have been poisoned.

    Mr Navalny also suffered a serious chemical burn to his right eye in 2017 after he was assaulted with antiseptic dye.


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    Somethings never change in Russia. Same old.


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    German human rights activists say they have sent an ambulance plane carrying specialist medics to collect Russia's most prominent opposition leader, who is in a coma after a suspected poisoning.

    Long-time critic of President Vladimir Putin, 44-year-old Alexei Navalny was left "screaming in pain" during a flight to Moscow.

    He was taken off the aircraft by stretcher and is now on a ventilator, unconscious "in a grave condition" in intensive care in the city of Omsk, according to his spokeswoman Kira Yarmysh.

    But Berlin-based Cinema for Peace Foundation said they were sending an aircraft with a coma-specialised team on board after a request from anti-Kremlin activist Pyotr Verzilov, a member of protest punk rock and art group ***** Riot.

    Mr Verzilov was himself taken to the German capital by the organisation for treatment after being poisoned two years ago.

    Britain's Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said he was "deeply concerned" about the reported poisoning, adding: "My thoughts are with him and his family."

    And French President Emmanuel Macron had previously offered France's help, saying: "We are clearly ready to provide all necessary assistance to Alexander Navalny and those close to him in terms of healthcare, in terms of asylum, and protection, that is clear."

    Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny admitted to hospital for 'strange' allergic reaction
    "I hope he can be saved."

    Le Monde newspaper has reported that France is ready to "welcome" Mr Navalny.

    It comes after one of the doctors treating Mr Navalny told the Novaia Gazeta newspaper the patient should be evacuated from Omsk because of the limited facilities at the hospital, and in order to confirm whether he was poisoned.

    Tatyana Shakirova, a regional health ministry spokeswoman, confirmed that Mr Navalny was in hospital and his condition considered serious.

    She refused to confirm Ms Yarmysh's belief, saying: "The poisoning version is one of several versions being considered. It's not possible now to say what the reason was."

    A Kremlin spokesman said doctors were doing all they could to ensure he recovers, adding that they wish him a "speedy recovery".

    Dmitry Peskov said any poisoning would need to be confirmed by laboratory tests and that authorities would be ready to consider a request for Mr Navalny to be treated abroad, should one be made.

    The pro-democracy campaigner was taken ill during a flight to Moscow from the city of Tomsk, his condition forcing the plane to make an emergency landing in Omsk, so he could receive medical attention.

    A fellow passenger described hearing him "screaming in pain" before he was taken off the plane on a stretcher.

    Ms Yarmysh tweeted: "Alexei has a toxic poisoning."

    She added: "We assume that Alexei was poisoned with something mixed into the tea. It was the only thing that he drank in the morning.

    "Doctors are saying the toxin was absorbed quicker with hot liquid," she said, adding that Mr Navalny's team called police to the hospital.

    But Anatoliy Kalinichenko, deputy chief doctor at the Omsk hospital, would not confirm Ms Yarmysh's assertion, saying poisoning was one of a number of causes medics were considering.

    He said the activist, whose wife Alexis arrived at the hospital later, was in a grave but stable condition, but refused to give details because of confidentiality laws.

    A passenger on the flight, Pavel Lebedev, said: "At the start of the flight he went to the toilet and didn't return.

    "He was really sick and is still screaming in pain. They didn't say what exactly happened to him. We landed in Omsk. Ambulance arrived."

    Ms Yarmysh later tweeted: "Police demand to inspect Navalny's personal belongings, including his luggage."

    A staunch critic of the Kremlin, Mr Navalny was jailed for 30 days last year for violating strict protest laws and calling for unauthorised demonstration in Moscow which led to the arrests of more than 1,000 people.

    Whilst being held, he contracted an illness diagnosed as "contact dermatitis", but which he said could have been a poisoning.

    He attempted to stand in the 2018 presidential race but was barred because of previous fraud convictions in a case he again said was politically motivated.

    He has described the country's main party, Mr Putin's United Russia, as a "party of crooks and thieves".

    In June, the anti-corruption campaigner described a vote on constitutional reforms, which allow Mr Putin to serve another two terms in office, as a "coup" and a "violation of the constitution".

    The day before Mr Navalny was taken ill, he met a group of young supporters who asked him 'why aren't you dead?'

    According to witnesses, he joked that he has to make excuses because he hasn't been killed yet, and went on to say that his death would not benefit President Putin.

    Navalny's Foundation for Fighting Corruption has been exposing graft among government officials, including some at the highest level.

    Last week he was accused of stirring mass protests in Belarus by the country's authoritarian leader, President Alexander Lukashenko.

    Kremlin foes have been poisoned or fallen ill after suspected poisonings before. Moscow has always denied any involvement.

    In March 2018, Sergei Skripal, a former Russian spy, and his daughter, Yulia, were left critically ill after being targeted in Salisbury by Russian agents using novichok, a nerve agent, but recovered.

    Mother-of-three Dawn Sturgess died from novichok poisoning after her partner Charlie Rowley found a contaminated bottle discarded by the perpetrators, believing it to be a perfume bottle.

    In 2006, Russian defector Alexander Litvinenko died in London after being poisoned with radioactive polonium-210, believed to have been administered by agents working for the Kremlin. The suspects have denied any wrongdoing.

    Analysis: Alexei Navalny has made enemies in a regime that thrives in dark corners - and 'poisoned tea' has its precedents

    By Diana Magnay, Moscow correspondent

    As the Kremlin's most prominent domestic critic, with a long back catalogue of widely read and forensically investigated exposes of Russia's corrupt bureaucracy to his name, Alexei Navalny has made himself a lot of enemies.

    He has suffered endless arrests and prolonged periods in detention as well as regular street-level harassment. In one incident in 2017, his sight in one eye was permanently damaged after green antiseptic dye was thrown at him.

    And last year, in detention, he suffered an allergic reaction his doctor said might have been the result of poison.

    This latest incident - a suspected poisoning - appears to be far more serious.

    Alexei Navalny's spokeswoman at his anti-corruption foundation, Kira Yarmysh, who was sitting next to him on a flight from Tomsk to Moscow when he fell ill, says he is in a coma and hooked up to a ventilator.

    She believes the evasive manner of the hospital doctors - now that the place is crawling with police - only confirms that he was poisoned.

    Based on his Instagram account, Navalny had been in the Siberian city of Tomsk, in part at least, to support the campaigns of local deputies taking on the ruling United Russia party in this September's regional elections.

    It is part of his call for "smart voting", to encourage people to vote for anyone other than United Russia.

    Who knows who the next target of his anti-corruption campaign was set to be, but all those he has profiled to date have hefty grudges to bear.

    Poisoned tea - which Ms Yarmysh assumes to be the cause here - has its precedents. Think no further than Kremlin critic Alexander Litvinenko, who directly accused Vladimir Putin of his own slow murder from his deathbed.

    Russian investigative reporter Anna Politkovskaya was poisoned drinking tea on a flight on her way to cover the school siege in Beslan in 2004. She recovered, but was assassinated two years later - most probably because of her investigations into Chechnya's wars and its warlords.

    If this is indeed a poisoning, it once again highlights the nature of the Russian system.

    Whoever is directly responsible, it is enabled by a regime which thrives in dark corners - where there is minimal accountability and where too many stand to benefit from harming those who seek the truth.

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    Doctors have banned Alexei Navalny, the Putin critic who is in a coma after a suspected poisoning, from being transported abroad.

    His spokeswoman said doctors had caved to Kremlin pressure - but a head doctor said the decision was made because he was not well enough.

    A plane had apparently been due to transport him to Germany for treatment following the alleged poisoning.

    Alexei Navalny is seen at a Siberian airport before boarding the plane where he was taken ill. Pic: @djpavlin

    The long-time critic of President Vladimir Putin, 44, is fighting for his life on a ventilator after drinking tea that allies believe was laced with poison.

    Doctors treating him in the Siberian city of Omsk have not yet confirmed that diagnosis - but said it is one of several versions they are considering.

    On Friday, the head doctor at the hospital declined to answer questions whether Mr Navalny was poisoned or not.

    The doctor added that there are many legal questions to be resolved before the Russian opposition leader can be handed over to European doctors.

    Kira Yarmysh, his spokeswoman, claimed a doctor said on Friday that his condition was unstable and that the hospital refused to move him to another facility.

    A German air ambulance with a team specialised in treating coma patients was due to land in Omsk at around 6am, she said.

    Mr Navalny's wife has said that police have reported "very dangerous" poison detected in his body, requiring hazmat procedures, local media reported.


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    Alexei Navalny: Doctors say Putin critic can't be moved to Germany

    Russian doctors say leading opposition figure Alexei Navalny - who supporters believe was poisoned - remains too ill to be moved to Germany for treatment.

    Mr Navalny has been in a coma since Thursday when he fell ill on a flight and his supporters called the doctors' decision "a direct threat to his life".

    The doctors say no poison was found in his body.

    The prominent critic of President Vladimir Putin has consistently exposed official corruption in Russia.

    He has served multiple jail terms.

    His team suspects a poisonous substance was put in his tea at an airport cafe in the city of Tomsk as he prepared to fly to Moscow.

    German doctors have now been given access to him in hospital, one of his aides told reporters.

    At a news conference in Berlin, Leonid Volkov said a medically equipped plane sent from Germany was still waiting for him in the Siberian city of Omsk, where he is in hospital.

    In a preliminary diagnosis on Friday, doctors said his condition might be the result of a "metabolic disorder" caused by low blood sugar.

    The head doctor at the hospital treating Mr Navalny in Omsk in Siberia said the patient was too unstable to be transferred and that legal questions would need to be resolved before any move.

    Mr Navalny's team said it was "deadly" for him to remain in the hospital.

    "The ban on the transportation of Navalny is an attempt on his life," his spokeswoman Kira Yarmysh wrote on Twitter.

    Read more: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-53857563


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    Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, in a coma after being taken ill on a plane, is able to be transported by air, German doctors said after visiting him.

    Russian doctors treating Mr Navalny in the Siberian city of Omsk had said he was too ill to be moved.

    His supporters suspect he was poisoned, and accuse the authorities of trying to cover up a crime.

    A medically equipped plane is waiting in Omsk to take him to Germany for treatment.

    Doctors in Omsk say no poison was found in his body, but health officials have indicated that traces of an industrial chemical had been found on his skin and hair.

    In a preliminary diagnosis on Friday, local doctors said his condition might be the result of a "metabolic disorder" caused by low blood sugar. They also said he was too unstable to be transported by air.

    However, Mr Navalny's team said it was "deadly" for him to remain in the hospital.

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    The prominent critic of President Vladimir Putin has consistently exposed official corruption in Russia. He has served multiple jail terms.

    His team suspects a poisonous substance was put in his tea at an airport cafe in the city of Tomsk as he prepared to fly to Moscow.

    Foreign leaders including Germany's Angela Merkel and France's Emmanuel Macron have expressed concern for Mr Navalny. In the US, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has described the incident as "unacceptable" and vowed that, if elected, he would "stand up to autocrats like Putin".

    What is being said about Mr Navalny's fitness to travel?

    The Berlin-based Cinema for Peace Foundation organised an air ambulance to pick up Mr Navalny and bring him back to Berlin, where it said the Charite hospital was ready to treat him.

    It said its doctors had judged Mr Navalny fit to travel and wanted to fly on Friday night or Saturday morning.

    "They can fly him, we are willing," it told the BBC. "The circumstances and equipment make it possible."

    At a news conference in Berlin, Mr Navalny's aide Leonid Volkov said at first doctors at the hospital had been helping to facilitate his transfer but abruptly stopped doing so.

    "[It was] like something was switched off - like medicine mode off, cover-up operation mode on - and the doctors refused to co-operate any more, refused to give any information even to Alexei's wife," he said.

    "The doctors who were helping to do the paperwork to make the transportation of Alexei to Charite possible started to say that he's not any more transportable, he's not any more stable, contradicting themselves."

    The Cinema for Peace Foundation was founded by activist and filmmaker Jaka Bizilj. In 2018, it arranged for the treatment of Pyotr Verzilov - an activist with Russian protest group ***** Riot - who had symptoms of poisoning.

    Mr Navalny's wife Yulia has written to President Putin asking him to allow her husband to be moved.

    Mr Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Thursday that the Kremlin would help move Mr Navalny abroad if necessary and wished him a "speedy recovery". On Friday, he said transporting him by air "may pose a threat to his health".

    Yulia Navalnaya said she thought the Russian authorities were stalling so that evidence of any chemical substance would be lost.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-53865811


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    It is not an easy task to be an opposition leader in Russia. You are always a target.



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    Putin is an evil man.

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    What's with Russians and poisoning, very KGBish of Putin did the same in Ukraine.


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    The acutely-ill Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny is being flown from Siberia to Germany for treatment.

    He fell into a coma after drinking what his supporters suspect was poisoned tea; they accuse the authorities of trying to conceal a crime.

    Doctors treating him in Omsk had insisted on Friday that he was too ill to be moved.

    But they later said his condition was stable enough for the flight. His wife Yulia is travelling with him.

    A medical evacuation flight, paid for by the German NGO Cinema for Peace, is taking Mr Navalny to Berlin, where he will be treated at the Charité hospital.

    "Alexei's plane has taken off for Berlin," his spokeswoman Kira Yarmysh tweeted on Saturday morning. "Massive thanks to everyone for their support. The struggle for Alexei's life and health is just beginning,"

    Ms Yarmysh earlier said it was a pity doctors had taken so long to approve his flight as the plane and the right documents had been ready since Friday morning.

    Mr Navalny fell ill during a flight from Tomsk to Moscow on Thursday, and his plane made an emergency landing in Omsk. A photograph on social media purported to show him drinking from a cup at a Tomsk airport cafe before the flight. His team suspects a poisonous substance was put in his tea.

    Disturbing video appeared to show a stricken Mr Navalny howling in agony on the flight. Passenger Pavel Lebedev said he heard the activist "screaming in pain".

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    Alexei Navalny: 'Poisoned' Putin critic in 'worrying condition' after arriving in Germany for treatment

    A prominent critic of Vladimir Putin has arrived in Germany for medical treatment, amid claims he became seriously ill after drinking a cup of tea laced with poison.

    Alexei Navalny, who remains in a coma after his condition deteriorated on Thursday, was transported from a Siberian hospital to Berlin on a special medical plane.

    His flight to Berlin was organised by Cinema For Peace, a Berlin-based charity which supports film-based projects dealing with global humanitarian and environmental issues.

    Jaka Bizilj, a film producer in the group, described Mr Navalny's condition on arrival as "very worrying".

    Mr Bizilj told journalists: "We got a very clear message from the doctors that if there had not been an emergency landing in Omsk, he would have died."

    In a tweet, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said he was "relieved" Mr Navalny had been flown to Germany and wished him a "swift recovery".

    Mr Raab also called for a "full and transparent investigation into his poisoning".

    The Russian opposition leader's supporters claim that the Kremlin is responsible for his illness, as well as the delay in transferring him overseas.

    Doctors in the Siberian city of Omsk have rejected the possibility that Mr Navalny was poisoned - suggesting a drop in blood sugar may have caused him to lose consciousness.

    But Western toxicology experts have expressed doubts over whether a poisoning could be ruled out so quickly.

    Early on Saturday morning, Mr Navalny's spokeswoman Kira Yarmysh tweeted: "The plane with Alexei has taken off for Berlin. A huge thank you to everyone for your support.

    "The struggle for Alexei's life and health is just beginning and there will be much more to go through, but at least now the first step has been taken."

    Ms Yarmysh said Mr Navalny's wife Yulia, who has been campaigning for his removal from the Siberian hospital, was also on board along with German medical specialists.

    Flight tracking data showed the plane landed at Tegel airport several hours later, and a German army ambulance transported Mr Navalny to Berlin's main hospital.

    There was an extensive police presence outside the Charite Mitte Hospital Complex, which has a history of treating foreign leaders and dissidents.

    Mr Navalny's supporters believe he will have a better chance of recovery in the Berlin hospital, and have been critical of the care he has received in Siberia.

    His arrival was punctuated by delays. Initially, his doctors in Siberia had said he was too unstable to be moved, despite a team of German specialists being dispatched to help.

    The 44-year-old's supporters said the doctors were stalling until any poison in his system would no longer be traceable.

    Deputy chief doctor of the Omsk hospital Anatoly Kalinichenko later relented, saying Mr Navalny could be moved due to the fact his condition had stabilised.

    He said the risk of the transfer had been "taken on" by Mr Navalny's wife and brother.

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    Another one bores the dust
    I'm not sure why these critics have the audacity to question their ruler when they know how it's going to end
    Ruthless and brutal but Russia had been like this since stalingrad


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    British foreign secretary Dominic Raab has called for a "full and transparent investigation" into the suspected poisoning of Russian activist Alexei Navalny.

    Mr Navalny, a prominent critic of Russian president Vladimir Putin, is in a coma after drinking a cup of tea reportedly laced with poison.

    He was moved from a hospital in the Siberian city of Omsk to Germany in the early hours of Saturday after Russian officials finally agreed to the transfer.

    Mr Raab said on Saturday afternoon that he was "relieved" Mr Navalny had been allowed to fly on a special medical plane to the clinic in Berlin.

    He added: "I wish him a swift recovery. It is vital that there is a full and transparent investigation into his poisoning."

    Mr Navalny's flight was organised by Cinema For Peace, a Berlin-based charity which supports film-based projects dealing with global humanitarian and environmental issues.

    Jaka Bizilj, a film producer in the group, described Mr Navalny's condition on arrival as "very worrying".

    The Russian opposition leader's supporters claim that the Kremlin is responsible for his illness, as well as the delay in transferring him overseas.

    Alexei Navalny is Vladimir Putin's most prominent opponent and as such, no stranger to threats against his life.

    Initially, Mr Navalny's doctors in Siberia had said he was too unstable to be moved, despite a team of German specialists being dispatched to help.

    The 44-year-old's supporters said the doctors were stalling until any poison in his system would no longer be traceable.

    Several other opponents of Russia's regime have also been poisoned.

    Deputy chief doctor of the Omsk hospital Anatoly Kalinichenko eventually relented, saying Mr Navalny could be moved due to the fact his condition had stabilised.

    He said the risk of the transfer had been "taken on" by Mr Navalny's wife and brother.

    The Kremlin denies that its resistance to the transfer was political, claiming it was purely a medical decision.

    Doctors in Omsk have denied that Mr Navalny was poisoned, suggesting a drop in blood sugar may have caused him to lose consciousness.

    But Western toxicologists have expressed doubts over whether a poisoning could be ruled out so quickly.

    It is not the first time Moscow has been accused of using poisoning as a tactic to threaten or remove unwanted opponents.

    Previous high-profile cases include the 2006 assassination of Alexander Litvinenko and the March 2018 attack on Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury.

    Mr Navalny tried to challenge Mr Putin in the 2018 presidential election but was barred from running.

    Since then, his Foundation for Fighting Corruption has challenged members of the ruling party, United Russia.

    Like many other opposition politicians in Russia, Mr Navalny has been frequently detained by law enforcement and harassed by pro-Kremlin groups.

    In 2017, he was attacked by several men who threw a chemical substance in his eye, leaving him partially blind.

    Last year, Mr Navalny was rushed to a hospital from his prison cell where he was serving a sentence on charges of violating protest regulations. His team also suspected poisoning then.

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    Kremlin critic Navalny was under police surveillance before falling ill: paper

    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, who fell gravely ill on Thursday after what his allies believe was a poisoning, was under intense police surveillance in preceding days, a Russian tabloid newspaper cited law enforcement sources as saying.

    Before he collapsed on a flight during a trip to Siberia Navalny was followed by plainclothes FSB officers and his movements were closely monitored via CCTV, the report in the Moskovsky Komsomolets newspaper said.

    Navalny, a long-time opponent of President Vladimir Putin and campaigner against corruption, was flown in an air ambulance on Saturday for treatment in Germany.

    Navalny, 44, was in an induced coma when he was evacuated from the Siberian city of Omsk, but there has been no word yet from the Charite hospital in Berlin on his condition.

    His team were due to host a briefing via YouTube on Sunday evening to discuss “everything we know so far about Alexei’s poisoning,” but subsequently cancelled it saying they were not ready, press secretary Kira Yarmysh and campaign HQ head Leonid Volkov wrote on Twitter.

    Citing security service sources, the Moskovsky Komsomolets described the timeline of his trip before he fell ill down to the number of rooms his team booked in a local hotel and the fact that Navalny chose not to sleep in the room booked under his name.

    An apartment rented for him by one of his supporters was discovered by police surveillance, the paper reported, when a sushi takeaway was ordered to the address by one of Navalny’s supporters.

    “The scale of the surveillance does not surprise me at all, we were perfectly aware of it before,” Yarmysh wrote on Twitter.

    “What is surprising, however, is that (security service sources) did not shy away from describing it.”

    In its report, the Moskovsky Komsomolets paper cited security sources as saying that their surveillance of Navalny’s movements did not reveal any suspicious contacts that could be related to his illness.

    Security services believe that if Navalny was poisoned, the incident took place either in the airport or on the plane, the newspaper wrote.

    However the paper said they are still awaiting results of laboratory tests of samples taken by police from all the places Navalny and his team visited on their trip, including samples of the air.

    Initial results are expected on Monday, with results from tests for radioactive material due later in the week, the paper said. It did not say whether or not these would be made public.

    Doctors at the hospital in Omsk where Navalny was treated before his evacuation to Germany have said they do not believe he was poisoned. They diagnosed him with a metabolic disease that may have been caused by low blood sugar.

    Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Friday that it was still unclear what caused Navalny to fall ill. He had previously said that any poisoning would need to be confirmed by laboratory tests and that doctors were doing everything they could to help Navalny.

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-r...-idUSKBN25J0BA


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    Alexei Navalny: Putin critic 'probably poisoned' - doctors

    The Berlin hospital treating the seriously ill Russian opposition leader, Alexei Navalny, says he appears to have been poisoned.

    The Charité hospital released a statement saying "clinical evidence suggests an intoxication through a substance belonging to the group of cholinesterase inhibitors".

    His condition was "serious but not life-threatening" the statement said.

    He fell ill on an internal flight in Russia on Thursday.

    Video appeared to show Mr Navalny, a dogged critic of the Kremlin, writhing in agony on the flight from Tomsk in Siberia to Moscow.

    His supporters suspect poison was placed in a cup of tea he drank at the airport in Tomsk.

    Mr Navalny's flight made an emergency landing in Omsk where he was first treated. On Friday, doctors there at first said he was too ill to be moved but then allowed him to board a medical evacuation flight, which landed in Berlin on Saturday morning.

    Russian doctors had earlier insisted that no poison had been found in his body and suggested a metabolic disorder caused by low blood sugar.

    But Russian health officials then indicated that traces of an industrial chemical had been found on his skin and hair.

    Read more: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-53892900


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    Kremlin says does not want Navalny illness to damage ties with West

    MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Kremlin said on Wednesday it hoped opposition politician Alexei Navalny’s illness would not damage Russia’s ties with the West and that it was keen to find out why he fell ill despite declining to open an investigation into the incident.

    Navalny is in a medically induced coma in a Berlin hospital where he was airlifted on Saturday after collapsing during a flight. The German clinic said its initial medical examination pointed to poisoning, though Russian doctors who had treated Navalny in a Siberian hospital have contradicted that diagnosis.

    Germany, the United States and other countries have called on Russia to investigate the circumstances that led to Navalny’s illness but Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters the diagnosis so far was inconclusive.

    Replying to a question on the possible worsening of relations between Moscow and the West, Peskov said: “Of course we would not like this (to happen), that’s the first thing.

    “Secondly, there is no reason for that.”

    President Vladimir Putin held a phone call with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte later on Wednesday in which they discussed Navalny’s health.

    “The Russian side stressed the inadmissibility of hasty and unfounded accusations in this regard,” the Kremlin said in a statement about the call. It said Moscow wanted the circumstances surrounding Navalny’s condition to come to light.

    Peskov’s comments and Putin’s phone call come a day after the speaker of Russia’s lower house of parliament said a committee would launch an inquiry to determine whether foreign forces had played a hand in Navalny’s illness in order to fuel tensions in Russia.

    Asked about the parliamentary speaker’s theory about foreign forces, Peskov said if poisoning was confirmed and the substance definitively identified, “then there would be reason to consider whom it benefits”.

    “We are no less interested than anyone else to know what led to the coma,” he added.

    Earlier, a senior ally of Navalny said he believed only Putin could have authorised the suspected poisoning of the outspoken Kremlin critic. Ivan Zhdanov, the director of Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK), did not provide any evidence for the claim.

    “He (Putin) hates what the FBK does too much, exposing him and his entourage,” Zhdanov said.

    The Kremlin has dismissed as “hot air” and untrue any suggestion Putin was somehow involved in Navalny falling ill.

    Cholinesterase inhibitors, named by German doctors as a possible cause of Navalny’s illness, are chemical compounds used in certain medicines. Nerve gases and “Novichok” - the substance used in 2018 to poison former Russian spy Sergei Skripal in England - are also cholinesterase inhibitors.

    Navalny has been a thorn in the Kremlin’s side for more than a decade, exposing what he says is high-level graft.

    However, he has said he believes his death would not help Putin. Reuters reported he had told supporters just before his illness that his death would “turn him into a hero”.

    The pressure on Russia following Navalny’s illness has hit Russian markets, with the rouble tumbling on Wednesday to four-year lows against the euro.

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-r...-idUSKBN25M0NT


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    Russian transport police in Siberia launched a preliminary examination into opposition leader Alexey Navalny's illness after the Kremlin dismissed German doctors' findings that he was likely poisoned.

    The police said on Thursday it had begun "a pre-investigation check" into what led to Navalny's hospitalisation in the city of Omsk, in order to establish "all the circumstances" and decide whether to open a criminal probe.

    Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov on Thursday dismissed the police check as routine, saying: "There is no basis for an investigation."

    "Nothing has changed, we still don't have any understanding of what caused the state the sick man is now in," he told journalists.

    Russian prosecutors also said on Thursday they had "no evidence" of a deliberate crime committed against Navalny and requested that German medics hand over "the evidence for the initial diagnoses they gave", including test results.

    The development came a week after Navalny fell ill on a flight from the Siberian town of Tomsk to Moscow on August 20.

    The plane made an emergency landing last Thursday in Omsk where he was taken to hospital in a coma and put on a ventilator.

    His aides suspect he was poisoned via a cup of tea at the airport, and point the finger at President Vladimir Putin.

    Navalny's family fought to have him airlifted to Germany, saying they did not trust Russian doctors.

    The doctors who treated Navalny for two days in the Siberian city of Omsk said their tests did not find any toxic substances, calling his condition a "metabolic disorder".

    However, the Charite hospital in Berlin said on Monday that tests indicated poisoning with a substance that inhibits the cholinesterase enzyme, a feature of nerve agents.

    Call for transparency
    Also on Thursday, France said it regretted a Russian lack of transparency following Navalny's suspected poisoning.


    "I do not understand why Russia does not play the game of transparency. It is in its own interest, and we are saying so," Foreign Affairs Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told RTL radio.

    "If they wanted to take the initiative with transparency, it would be to their credit," he said.

    The Kremlin on Wednesday rejected international calls for an investigation into Navalny's alleged poisoning, saying Russian medics had not identified any toxin.

    Le Drian again called for a "transparent" investigation "and when the culprits are found, to put them on trial, so that the lesson can be learned because this is not the first time there is a poisoning" of an opposition figure in Russia.

    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/...085220301.html


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    Russian transport police in Siberia launched a preliminary examination into opposition leader Alexey Navalny's illness after the Kremlin dismissed German doctors' findings that he was likely poisoned.

    The police said on Thursday it had begun "a pre-investigation check" into what led to Navalny's hospitalisation in the city of Omsk, in order to establish "all the circumstances" and decide whether to open a criminal probe.

    Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov on Thursday dismissed the police check as routine, saying: "There is no basis for an investigation."

    "Nothing has changed, we still don't have any understanding of what caused the state the sick man is now in," he told journalists.

    Russian prosecutors also said on Thursday they had "no evidence" of a deliberate crime committed against Navalny and requested that German medics hand over "the evidence for the initial diagnoses they gave", including test results.

    The development came a week after Navalny fell ill on a flight from the Siberian town of Tomsk to Moscow on August 20.

    The plane made an emergency landing last Thursday in Omsk where he was taken to hospital in a coma and put on a ventilator.

    His aides suspect he was poisoned via a cup of tea at the airport, and point the finger at President Vladimir Putin.

    Navalny's family fought to have him airlifted to Germany, saying they did not trust Russian doctors.

    The doctors who treated Navalny for two days in the Siberian city of Omsk said their tests did not find any toxic substances, calling his condition a "metabolic disorder".

    However, the Charite hospital in Berlin said on Monday that tests indicated poisoning with a substance that inhibits the cholinesterase enzyme, a feature of nerve agents.

    Call for transparency
    Also on Thursday, France said it regretted a Russian lack of transparency following Navalny's suspected poisoning.

    "I do not understand why Russia does not play the game of transparency. It is in its own interest, and we are saying so," Foreign Affairs Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told RTL radio.

    "If they wanted to take the initiative with transparency, it would be to their credit," he said.

    The Kremlin on Wednesday rejected international calls for an investigation into Navalny's alleged poisoning, saying Russian medics had not identified any toxin.

    Le Drian again called for a "transparent" investigation "and when the culprits are found, to put them on trial, so that the lesson can be learned because this is not the first time there is a poisoning" of an opposition figure in Russia.

    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/...085220301.html


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    Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny's symptoms are improving after his suspected poisoning, the German doctors treating him have said.

    The 44-year-old is stable and there is "no immediate danger to his life", according to the Charite hospital in Berlin, although it "remains too early to gauge potential long-term effects".

    Russian officials have rejected accusations from Mr Navalny's allies that the Kremlin had orchestrated a deliberate poisoning of the staunch critic of Vladimir Putin, although the Charite says its early tests indicate that he had indeed been poisoned.

    It said in its latest update on his condition on Friday that the poisoning had been "severe".

    Earlier this week, the hospital said that Mr Navalny had been intoxicated with a substance from the cholinesterase inhibitor group - a series of chemicals that prevents the breakdown of a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine.

    If acetylcholine builds up, it creates a blockage in the nervous system.

    Mr Navalny remains in an induced coma in intensive care and is being mechanically ventilated.

    "There has been some improvement in the symptoms caused by the inhibition of cholinesterase activity," the hospital said in a statement, but Mr Navalny's condition is still serious.

    He is being treated with atropine, which is used to tackle certain types of nerve agent and pesticide poisonings.

    Mr Navalny - one of Mr Putin's fiercest domestic critics - fell ill on an internal Russian flight from Tomsk in Siberia to Moscow last Thursday, after drinking what his supporters suspect was poisoned tea.

    Initially, he was treated in the Siberian city of Omsk after the plane made an emergency landing. Doctors there had dismissed suggestions he had been poisoned, but said he was too unstable to be moved.

    However, he was transferred to Berlin at the weekend after a team of German specialists and a medical plane were flown in to help.

    His supporters believe medics in Omsk were stalling until any poison in his system could no longer be detected. The Kremlin denies its resistance to the transfer was political and says it was purely a medical decision.

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson has called for a "transparent" investigation into the poisoning of Mr Navalny, which he described as "the most extraordinary thing".

    He pledged to join "international efforts to ensure justice is done" after German Chancellor Angela Merkel called on Russian police to "investigate this crime in detail and in full transparency".

    "Those responsible must be identified and held accountable," she added.

    Germany's foreign minister, Heiko Maas, has said Mr Navalny needs personal protection.

    https://news.sky.com/story/alexei-na...s-say-12058537


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    Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny was poisoned with a Novichok nerve agent, Germany's government says.

    It said toxicology tests at a military laboratory showed "unequivocal proof" of an agent from the Novichok group.

    Mr Navalny was airlifted to Berlin for treatment after falling ill during a flight in Russia's Siberia region last month. He has been in a coma since.

    His team says he was poisoned on President Vladimir Putin's orders. The Kremlin has dismissed the allegation.

    The German government said it condemned the attack in the strongest terms and called for Russia to urgently provide an explanation.
    "It is a disturbing development that Alexei Navalny was the victim of a chemical nerve agent in Russia," it said.

    Chancellor Angela Merkel has met senior ministers to discuss the next steps, the statement said.

    The Kremlin said it had not received any information from Germany that Mr Navalny had been poisoned using a Novichok nerve agent, Russia's Tass news agency reported.

    The German government said it would inform the EU and Nato military alliance of its findings.

    "[The federal government] will discuss an appropriate joint response with the partners in the light of the Russian response," it said.
    Mr Navalny's wife Yulia Navalnaya and Russia's ambassador to Germany would also be informed of the findings, the statement said.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-54002880


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    Alexei Navalny: PM leads world condemnation of Putin critic poisoning with novichok

    Boris Johnson has said justice must be done as he led global condemnation of the poisoning of Putin critic Alexei Navalny with novichok.

    The British prime minister said it was "outragous" a chemical weapon was used against Mr Navalny after German hospital tests proved "without doubt" he was poisoned with the Soviet-era nerve agent.

    He added: "We have seen first hand the deadly consequences of novichok in the UK.

    "The Russian government must now explain what happened to Mr Navalny - we will work with international partners to ensure justice is done."

    The Kremlin was accused of poisoning former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter with novichok in Salisbury in 2018. Moscow has denied any involvement.

    The Kremlin was accused of poisoning former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter with novichok in Salisbury in 2018. Moscow has denied any involvement.

    Britain's foreign minister said it is "absolutely unacceptable" a banned chemical weapon has been used again by Russia.

    Dominic Raab said: "The Russian government has a clear case to answer. It must tell the truth about what happened to Mr Navalny.

    "We will work closely with Germany, our allies and international partners to demonstrate that there are consequences for using banned chemical weapons anywhere in the world."

    Mr Navalny was transferred to a Berlin hospital after falling ill on an internal Russia flight on 20 August, with doctors in Omsk where he was in hospital saying he had pancreatitis and was not poisoned. He remains in a serious but stable condition in Berlin.

    Health secretary Matt Hancock added that the UK will "stand ready to offer all the support that's available to help Germany, to investigate and take action as necessary".

    Labour's shadow minister for Europe said the development is "serious and alarming" and said the UK must support the referral of Mr Navalny's poisoning to the Organisation for the Prevention of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).

    A White House spokesman called Mr Navalny's poisoning "completely reprehensible" and said the US will work with the international community to hold those in Russia accountable.

    The US will also restrict funds for their "malign activities", he added.

    German chancellor Angela Merkell said Mr Navalny's poisoning was "attempted murder" and called for Russia to carry out an investigation into who poisoned him, while also promising an investigation by the EU and NATO.

    The Kremlin said it could not give a proper response yet and it has requested a full exchange of data between Berlin and Moscow, as well as full co-operation.

    French foreign affairs minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said: "I wish to condemn in the strongest possible terms the
    shocking and irresponsible use of such an agent."

    Ursula von der Leyen, president of the EU Commission, said Mr Navalny's poisoning "is a despicable and cowardly act - once again".

    "Perpetrators need to be brought to justice," she added.

    Lithuania's foreign affairs minister also condemned the poisoning, saying "you can't buy this in drug store" as he referred to novichok.

    Linas Linkevicius tweeted those responsible "must face consequences" and "not too many lines remain uncrossed".

    https://news.sky.com/story/alexei-na...-says-12061903

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    In a statement regarding the case of Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny, the global chemical weapons agency has said the poisoning of any individual with a toxic nerve agent would be considered use of a banned chemical weapon.

    "Any poisoning of an individual through the use of a nerve agent is considered a use of chemical weapons. Such an allegation is a matter of grave concern," the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said on Thursday.

    Novichok was banned this year by the OPCW.

    Meanwhile, Russia rejected accusations that Moscow was to blame for the poisoning of opposition leader Navalny, saying it saw no grounds for sanctions to be imposed against it over the case.

    The Kremlin's denial came on Thursday, a day after German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Navalny had been poisoned with a Soviet-style Novichok nerve agent in an attempt to murder him.

    Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Moscow rejected any suggestion that Russia was responsible and warned other countries against jumping to hasty conclusions.

    He said there was no reason to discuss measures against Moscow after Merkel said Germany would consult its NATO allies about how to respond to the poisoning.

    The Charite hospital in Berlin, where Navalny is lying in intensive care, has reported "some improvement" in his condition, but he remains in a medically induced coma and on a ventilator.

    In a statement on Wednesday, Merkel's spokesman Steffen Seibert said testing by a special German military laboratory had shown "proof without doubt of a chemical nerve agent from the Novichok group", as he described Navalny as the "victim of an attack with a chemical nerve agent in Russia".

    Merkel later told a news conference: "This is disturbing information about the attempted murder through poisoning against a leading Russian opposition figure."

    German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas urged Moscow to investigate the poisoning, and said the Russian ambassador had been summoned to explain the evidence.

    "This makes it all the more urgent that those responsible in Russia be identified and held accountable," Maas told reporters. "We condemn this attack in the strongest terms."

    Novichok - a military-grade nerve agent - was used to poison former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the United Kingdom.

    'European response'

    Navalny, 44, a politician and anti-corruption crusader who is one of Russian President Vladimir Putin's fiercest critics, fell ill on a flight back to Moscow from Siberia on August 20 and was taken to a hospital in the Siberian city of Omsk after the plane made an emergency landing.

    He was later transferred to Charite hospital, where doctors last week said there were indications he had been poisoned.

    The Russian doctors who treated Navalny in Siberia have repeatedly contested the German hospital's conclusion, saying they ruled out poisoning as a diagnosis and their tests for poisonous substances came back negative.

    Al Jazeera's Aleksandra Stoyanovich-Godfroid, reporting from Moscow, said Russia's response was so far "cautious and restrained".

    "The Russian doctors released Navalny with a 'metabolic disorder' diagnosis. Two labs in Russia didn't find anything suspicious and a pre-investigation didn't find anything leading to foul play," she said.

    "On the other hand, the opposition is saying, 'We knew [it was Novichok] - all the symptoms are there.'"

    Novichok is a cholinesterase inhibitor, part of the class of substances that doctors at the Charite initially identified in Navalny.

    Navalny's allies said the German government's identification of the poison used against him suggested the Russian state had been behind the attack.

    "Only the state [FSB, GRU] can use Novichok. This is beyond any reasonable doubt," Ivan Zhdanov, director of Navalny's Anti-Corruption Foundation, said on Twitter, referring to the FSB internal security and GRU military intelligence services.

    Meanwhile, Norbert Roettgen, head of Germany's parliamentary foreign affairs committee, told Deutschlandfunk radio on Thursday that "there must be a European response" when asked whether work on the NordStream 2 pipeline from Russia to Germany should stop in the wake of Navalny's poisoning.

    "We must pursue hard politics, we must respond with the only language [Russian President Vladimir] Putin understands - that is gas sales," said Roettgen, a member of Merkel's ruling conservatives.

    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/...095854410.html


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    NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said there was "proof beyond doubt" that Alexey Navalny was poisoned with a Novichok nerve agent amid a widening rift between Western powers and Russia over the suspected attack on the Kremlin critic.

    Stoltenberg's comments on Friday were in line with statements by Berlin earlier in the week, with a special German military laboratory claiming to have proof a chemical nerve agent from the Novichok group was used.

    Navalny, 44, one of Russian President Vladimir Putin's fiercest critics, fell ill on a flight returning to Moscow from Siberia on August 20 and was taken to a hospital in the Siberian city of Omsk after the plane made an emergency landing.

    He was later transferred to Berlin's Charite hospital, where doctors last week said there were indications he had been poisoned.

    He remains in a medically induced coma and on a ventilator, but his condition is reportedly improving.

    The Russian doctors who treated Navalny in Siberia have repeatedly contested the German hospital's conclusion, saying they ruled out poisoning as a diagnosis and their tests for poisonous substances came back negative.


    NATO allies agreed on Friday that Russia must cooperate fully with an impartial investigation to be led by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) into the poisoning of Navalny, the alliance's chief said.

    "Any use of chemical weapons shows a total disrespect for human lives, and is an unacceptable breach of international norms and rules," Stoltenberg told reporters.

    "NATO allies agree that Russia now has serious questions it must answer, the Russian government must fully cooperate with the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons on an impartial international investigation," he said, reporting back from a meeting of the alliance's ambassadors.

    Earlier, Russia's Investigative Committee asked one of its regional branches in Siberia to probe the possibility that someone tried to murder Navalny.

    But overall, the Kremlin has rejected any suggestion that Russia was responsible and has not opened a criminal case, citing a lack of evidence.

    A Moscow court on Friday dismissed a complaint brought by Navalny's legal team over the inaction of the Russian Investigative Committee, as Russian Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev said he saw no grounds, for now, to suspect a crime was committed.

    https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/...105146813.html


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    Alexei Navalny: Nato says Russia must disclose its Novichok programme

    Nato has called for Russia to disclose its Novichok nerve agent programme to international monitors, following the poisoning of activist Alexei Navalny.

    Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said members were united in condemning the "horrific" attack.

    He added there was "proof beyond doubt" that a Novichok nerve agent was used against Mr Navalny.

    But Russia has dismissed the diagnosis given by doctors in Germany, where he is being treated.

    Speaking after an emergency Nato meeting, Mr Stoltenberg said the Kremlin "must fully co-operate with the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons on an impartial international investigation".

    "We also call on Russia to provide complete disclosure of the Novichok programme to the OPCW," he added.

    The Soviet-era nerve agent was also used to poison ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the UK in 2018. Britain accused Russia's military intelligence of carrying out the attack, and - as part of a co-ordinated effort - 20 countries expelled more than 100 Russian diplomats and spies. Russia has denied any involvement.

    However Mr Stoltenberg stressed that Mr Navalny's poisoning, which took place in Russia and not in a Nato member state, was different to that of the Skripals.

    "We strongly believe that this is a blatant violation of international law [banning the use of any chemical weapons], so it requires an international response, but I will not now speculate about exactly what kind of international response," he said.

    But several senior Russian MPs have brushed off Nato's latest demands.

    "Until experts have either confirmed or denied the use of chemical substances subject to the Chemical Weapons Convention, calls for involving the OPCW appear, in my view, politicised," said Konstantin Kosachev of Russia's Federation Council.

    Mr Navalny, an anti-corruption campaigner, has long been the most prominent face of Russian opposition to President Vladimir Putin.

    He fell ill last month while onboard a flight from Siberia to Moscow. The plane made an emergency landing in Omsk and Russian officials were persuaded to let him be airlifted to Germany two days later.

    The Kremlin says it has not seen German data on Mr Navalny's condition, and so does not accept the diagnosis of poisoning.

    Since the incident, the EU has demanded a "transparent" investigation by the Russian government. The US National Security Council, too, has pledged to "work with allies and the international community to hold those in Russia accountable".

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-53979820


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    Doctors treating Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny say he is out of an induced coma and his condition, since being poisoned, has improved.

    He is responding to verbal stimuli, they said. Mr Navalny, 44, was flown to Germany after falling ill on a flight in Siberia in August.

    His team says he was poisoned on the orders of Russian President Vladimir Putin, who denies involvement.

    German doctors say he was poisoned with a Novichok nerve agent.

    On Monday, the Charité hospital in Berlin said in a statement Mr Navalny was being weaned off mechanical ventilation.

    "He is responding to verbal stimuli. It remains too early to gauge the potential long-term effects of his severe poisoning," it said.
    It also said doctors were in close contact with Mr Navalny's wife.

    Mr Navalny's spokeswoman, Kira Yarmysh, tweeted: "News about Alexei. Today he was taken out of induced coma. Gradually he will be switched off from a ventilator. He responds to speech and to being addressed to."

    There is growing pressure in Germany for Chancellor Angela Markel to take a tougher stance over the incident. Last week, she said Mr Navalny was the victim of attempted murder and that the world would look to Russia for answers.


    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-54061370


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    Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been taken out of an induced coma after his suspected poisoning with the novichok nerve agent.

    Mr Navalny, 44, is now said to be responding to speech at the Berlin hospital where he has been treated since last month.

    Doctors added that despite the improvement in his condition, "long-term consequences of the serious poisoning can still not be ruled out".

    A tweet from Mr Navalny's press secretary said he was going to be gradually disconnected from a ventilator.

    It comes as the UK summoned Russia's ambassador and reprimanded his country for using a "banned chemical weapon".

    Mr Navalny, a fierce critic of President Vladimir Putin, fell ill on a domestic flight to Moscow on 20 August, and had been in an induced coma since he was flown to hospital in the German capital two days later.

    "The patient has been removed from his medically-induced coma and is being weaned off mechanical ventilation," the Charite hospital said.

    "He is responding to verbal stimuli. It remains too early to gauge the potential long-term effects of his severe poisoning."

    It added the decision to publicly release details of his condition was made in consultation with his wife, Yulia Navalnaya.

    Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab tweeted: "Today the UK summoned Russia's Ambassador to the UK to register deep concern about the poisoning of Alexey Navalny.

    "It's completely unacceptable that a banned chemical weapon has been used and Russia must hold a full, transparent investigation.

    "Relieved to hear that Alexei Navalny has been taken out of the medically induced coma. I hope his condition continues to improve."

    Last week, German officials said tests showed Mr Navalny had been poisoned with novichok - the same nerve agent used on the Skripals in Salisbury which was developed by the Soviet Union in the 1970s and 1980s.

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the use of novichok showed the "dangerous" attack on Mr Navalny was attempted murder and the aim was to silence him.

    She said she has contacted the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons - and expects Russia to carry out an investigation into who was responsible as there are "very serious questions that only the Russian government can answer and must answer".

    Russia has denied the Kremlin was involved in poisoning Mr Navalny and accused Germany of failing to provide evidence about the poisoning that it requested in late August.

    On Sunday, the German government threatened to rethink its underwater pipeline with Russia, unless the country began cooperating with its investigation into the incident.

    The UK has condemned the suspected attack on Mr Navalny as "utterly deplorable" and is working with Germany to "ensure Russia was held accountable for its international obligations".

    https://news.sky.com/story/alexei-na...peech-12065992


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    US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says there is a "substantial chance" that the suspected poisoning of Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny was ordered by senior officials in Moscow.

    Mr Pompeo said the US was evaluating how it would respond.

    Nato and Germany say there is "proof beyond doubt" that Mr Navalny was attacked with a Novichok nerve agent.

    Mr Pompeo's comments contrast with President Donald Trump who has refused to condemn Moscow.

    Mr Navalny was airlifted to Berlin from Russia after falling ill on a flight from Siberia to Moscow last month.

    The 44-year-old was brought out of an induced coma earlier this week with doctors at Berlin's Charité hospital saying he was responding to verbal stimuli but it was "too early to gauge the potential long-term effects of his severe poisoning".

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    Shocking behaviour We like to moan about desi politics but this is just next level stuff. Russia is a Mafia state.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gabbar Singh View Post
    Shocking behaviour We like to moan about desi politics but this is just next level stuff. Russia is a Mafia state.
    If Russia poisoned him, why would they send him to Germany?

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    Quote Originally Posted by msaaim89 View Post
    If Russia poisoned him, why would they send him to Germany?
    Because they don’t care what the world thinks. Novichok isn’t something that can be procured by non state actors so who else was it? When it was used in England by the GRU agents they didn’t care then either. We all saw Putin’s smirking face when he denied the Salisbury assassination. Then the Russians even allowed the GRU agents to appear on tv and basically troll the brits by claiming they came to England to tour the cathedrals lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gabbar Singh View Post
    Because they don’t care what the world thinks. Novichok isn’t something that can be procured by non state actors so who else was it? When it was used in England by the GRU agents they didn’t care then either. We all saw Putin’s smirking face when he denied the Salisbury assassination. Then the Russians even allowed the GRU agents to appear on tv and basically troll the brits by claiming they came to England to tour the cathedrals lol.
    Could have been another state wanting to put Russia in badlight?

    Needs solid evidence.

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    The poisoned Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny is to return to Russia, his spokeswoman has said.

    "It's puzzling to me why anyone should think otherwise," Kira Yarmysh posted on Twitter.

    Mr Navalny also posted a picture on Instagram for the first time since he was poisoned, announcing that he was breathing free of ventilation.

    He collapsed on a flight from Siberia on 20 August. Tests have shown he was poisoned with a Novichok nerve agent.

    He was transferred to the Charité hospital in the German capital, Berlin.

    His team alleges he was poisoned on the orders of Russian President Vladimir Putin. The Kremlin denies any involvement.

    "All morning journalists have been writing to me and asking, is it true that Alexei plans to return to Russia?" Ms Yarmysh wrote.

    "Again I can confirm to everyone: no other options were ever considered."

    The announcement came shortly after Mr Navalny took to Instagram.

    "Hi, this is Navalny. I have been missing you. I still can't do much, but yesterday I managed to breathe on my own for the entire day," he wrote.

    "Just on my own, no extra help, not even a valve in my throat. I liked it very much. It's a remarkable process that is underestimated by many. Strongly recommended."

    There is a modest police presence outside the hospital where Mr Navalny is being treated, Ben Tavener from the BBC Russian service reports from the scene.

    There are two armed officers by one entrance and a police van that has been stationed outside for days, our correspondent says.
    Unconfirmed reports in German media suggest two further armed police units have been set up inside - outside the ward and by the politician's bed.

    Meanwhile, the Kremlin has ruled out a meeting between Mr Navalny and Mr Putin after the opposition figure recovers.

    "We do not see the need for such a meeting, so I believe that such a meeting will not take place," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, according to the Interfax news agency.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-54163389


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    MOSCOW (Reuters) - The nerve agent used to poison Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was detected on an empty water bottle from his hotel room in the Siberian city of Tomsk, suggesting he was poisoned there and not at the airport as first thought, his team said on Thursday.

    Navalny fell violently ill on a flight in Russia last month and was airlifted to Berlin for treatment. Laboratories in Germany, France and Sweden have established he was poisoned by a Novichok nerve agent, a poison developed by the Soviet military, though Russia denies this and says it has seen no evidence.

    A video posted on Navalny’s Instagram account showed members of his team searching the room he had just left in the Xander Hotel in Tomsk on Aug. 20, an hour after they learned he had fallen sick in suspicious circumstances.

    “It was decided to gather up everything that could even hypothetically be useful and hand it to the doctors in Germany. The fact that the case would not be investigated in Russia was quite obvious,” the post said.

    The video of the abandoned hotel room shows two water bottles on a desk, and another on a bedside table. Navalny’s team, wearing protective gloves, are seen placing items into blue plastic bags.

    “Two weeks later, a German laboratory found traces of Novichok precisely on the bottle of water from the Tomsk hotel room,” the post said.

    “And then more laboratories that took analyses from Alexei confirmed that that was what poisoned Navalny. Now we understand: it was done before he left his hotel room to go to the airport.”

    Russian investigator visited Navalny's foundation office in Moscow, foundation head says
    Previously, Navalny’s aides had said they suspected he had been poisoned with a cup of tea he drank at Tomsk airport.

    Vladimir Milov, a former deputy energy minister and an ally of Navalny, said his team had outmanoeuvred the FSB security service with their quick thinking: “They took the evidence from under their noses and shipped it out of the country.”

    Navalny’s ally Georgy Alburov told Reuters “the bottles flew with Alexei” when he was airlifted to Germany on Aug. 22.

    Navalny is the most prominent political opponent of President Vladimir Putin, even though he has not been allowed to form his own party. His investigations of official corruption, published on YouTube and Instagram, have reached audiences of many millions across Russia.

    Germany, France, Britain and other nations have demanded explanations from Russia, and there have been calls for new sanctions against Moscow.

    The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said on Thursday that Germany had asked it for technical assistance.

    Russia has carried out pre-investigation checks, but said it needs to see more medical analysis before it can open a formal criminal investigation.

    The head of Navalny’s anti-corruption foundation in Moscow, Ivan Zhdanov, told Reuters that an investigator from Tomsk had visited its office on Wednesday and wanted to talk to two of its employees who were with the politician on his visit to Siberia.

    The European Parliament passed a resolution condemning the attempted assassination of Navalny and calling for an international investigation into the case and into alleged Russian breaches of its international commitments on chemical weapons. The text is not binding on EU member states.

    Sergei Erofeev, a professor at Rutgers University in New Jersey, said on Facebook that a group of academics from prominent universities had nominated Navalny for the Nobel Peace Prize.

    The Norwegian Nobel Committee, which awards the prize, does not confirm or deny nominations. Nominations for the 2020 prize closed on Jan. 31, so any new ones would have to wait until 2021.


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    Kremlin critic Navalny posts photo of himself walking

    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny was seen walking down the stairs in a photo posted on his Instagram feed on Saturday, five days after a Berlin hospital said he had been taken off a ventilator and could breathe independently.

    Navalny, the leading opponent of Russian President Vladimir Putin, fell ill in Siberia last month and was airlifted to Berlin. Germany says laboratory tests in three countries have determined he was poisoned with a Novichok nerve agent, and Western governments have demanded an explanation from Russia.

    “Let me tell how my recovery is going. It is already a clear path although a long one,” Navalny wrote.

    Navalny said in the Instagram update he still could not use his phone and had difficulties trying to pour water into his glass or climbing stairs because his legs trembled.

    “There are many problems yet to be solved but amazing doctors from the Charite hospital have solved the main one,” the post said.

    “They turned me from a ‘technically alive human being’ into someone who has high chances to become... a man who can quickly scroll Instagram and understands without thinking where to put his likes.”

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-r...-idUSKCN26A0I3


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    Alexei Navalny: Russian activist discharged from Berlin hospital

    Putin critic Alexei Navalny has been discharged from a Berlin hospital where he was being treated for Novichok nerve agent poisoning.

    The Charité Hospital said it was ending acute medical care because his condition had sufficiently improved.

    Mr Navalny posted a picture of himself standing unaided with a message saying doctors had given him every chance of a full recovery.

    His team alleges he was poisoned on the orders of President Vladimir Putin.

    The Kremlin strongly denies any involvement.

    Mr Navalny, a leading Russian opposition activist, collapsed on a flight in Siberia on 20 August. He was later transferred to the Charité hospital in the German capital.

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    What do his doctors say?

    A statement from the hospital said that 44-year-old Mr Navalny had spent 32 days there, including 24 days in intensive care.

    "Based on the patient's progress and current condition, the treating physicians believe that complete recovery is possible. However, it remains too early to gauge the potential long-term effects of his severe poisoning," it said.

    Earlier this month the hospital revealed that Mr Navalny had begun to recover, saying that he had been removed from a ventilator and could leave his bed.

    At the time, the German government said that laboratories in France and Sweden had reconfirmed German tests showing that the poison used on Mr Navalny was a Novichok agent.

    The Kremlin has said there is no proof of that.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-54262279


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    Merkel visited Kremlin critic Navalny in hospital

    MOSCOW/BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel paid a personal visit to Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny while he was undergoing treatment in a Berlin hospital for poisoning, her spokesman said on Monday.

    News of the meeting is likely to annoy Moscow, which rejects the finding of German, French and Swedish experts that Navalny was poisoned with a nerve agent in Russia last month. Russia has repeatedly criticised Germany over what it says is a failure to share information on the case.

    “It was a personal visit to Navalny in hospital,” Merkel’s spokesman Steffen Seibert told a regular news conference, declining to disclose details of what was said or how long the meeting lasted.

    Germany still expects an explanation from Russia on the case, Seibert added.

    Navalny wrote on Twitter that it was “a private meeting and conversation with the family”. He added: “I am very grateful to Chancellor Merkel for visiting me in hospital.”

    The Navalny case has further worsened relations between Moscow and a number of Western countries. Merkel has faced calls to halt the nearly-completed Nord Stream 2 pipeline bringing Russian gas to Germany.

    Navalny was flown from Russia to Berlin last month after falling ill on a domestic flight. He received treatment in the Charite hospital for 32 days before being discharged last week.

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    Alexei Navalny blames Vladimir Putin for poisoning him

    Leading Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny says he believes President Vladimir Putin was responsible for his poisoning.

    "I assert that Putin is behind this act, I don't see any other explanation," he told German news magazine Der Spiegel in an interview.

    Germany, where Mr Navalny is recovering, says he was poisoned by a Novichok nerve agent. Its findings were confirmed by labs in France and Sweden.

    The Kremlin denies any involvement.

    Responding to the interview on Thursday, Mr Putin's spokesman said there was no evidence that Mr Navalny had been poisoned with a nerve agent, and said CIA agents were working with the opposition leader.

    Mr Navalny collapsed on a flight in Russia's Siberia region on 20 August. He was transferred to the Charité hospital in the German capital Berlin two days later.

    In an interview published by Der Spiegel on Thursday - the first since he fell ill - Mr Navalny said the order to use Novichok could only have come from the heads of three of Russia's intelligence services, all of whom work under Vladimir Putin.

    "If 30 people have access to a [chemical] agent, and not three, then it's a global threat," the 44-year-old told the magazine.

    His supporters initially believed his tea had been spiked at Tomsk airport but traces of the nerve agent were later found on water bottles at the hotel where he stayed the previous night.

    Speaking of his experience, Mr Navalny said: "You feel no pain, but you know you're dying. Straight away."

    It was only because of "a chain of lucky circumstances" that he had been able to receive urgent medical care and survive, he said. Otherwise, "it would have just been a suspicious death".

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    Navalny poisoning: Kremlin critic recalls near-death Novichok torment

    The poisoned Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny says recovering from nerve agent is a long haul, with sleepless nights and clumsy movements.

    But he told BBC Russian that "I'm doing much, much better" and insisted that eventually he would go back to Russia.

    The BBC met him at a tightly-guarded Berlin hotel, after he spent 32 days in Berlin's Charité Hospital, mostly in intensive care.

    He felt cold shivers initially and no pain, "but it felt like the end".

    "It doesn't hurt at all, it's not like a panic attack or some sort of upset. At the beginning you know something is wrong, and then really your only thought is: that's it, I'm going to die."

    He collapsed on a flight from Tomsk in Siberia to Moscow on 20 August, and only survived because the plane made an emergency landing in Omsk, where he was rushed to intensive care.

    Later, after top-level negotiations with the Russian authorities, he was airlifted to Berlin and treated there while being kept in a medically induced coma.

    Novichok confirmed
    The inter-governmental Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has confirmed that Mr Navalny, 44, was poisoned with a Novichok-type nerve agent.

    In a statement, it pointed to the similarities between traces found in his urine and blood samples and chemical weapons on the banned list.

    Germany says French and Swedish laboratories also agreed with its scientists that Mr Navalny was "beyond doubt" poisoned with a nerve agent.

    Novichok agents, developed by Soviet scientists during the Cold War, are extremely toxic - a tiny amount can kill.

    Last week, in his first video interview since leaving hospital in late September, Mr Navalny said he believed the Russian authorities poisoned him to remove the threat he posed to their dominance in next year's parliamentary elections.

    The Russian government has denied any involvement in his poisoning. Russian doctors who treated Mr Navalny said they found no poison.

    "I assert that [President Vladimir] Putin is behind this act, I don't see any other explanation," he told German news magazine Der Spiegel last week.

    He fell ill after campaigning in Siberia to get fellow anti-corruption campaigners elected to local councils.

    He is one of Russia's best-known critics of President Putin, with millions of followers on social media, where he exposes official corruption and denounces the pro-Putin United Russia party as "thieves".

    He refuses to accept a life of exile, and told the BBC: "They've been striving for a long time to force me out of the country".

    "I don't know how events will develop, I'm not going to take risks. I have my cause, I have my country." He said there was no point thinking about events he had no power to control.

    Hallucinations
    He told the BBC that on the plane, as the poison took effect, he felt unable to focus on anything, though people and objects around him were not swaying or blurred in the way that alcohol affects the brain.

    Much later in hospital "there were several phases of reawakening, and that was the most hellish period".

    "For a long time I had hallucinations," he said. He believed his wife Yulia, doctors and his fellow activist Leonid Volkov were telling him he had been in an accident, he had lost his legs, "the surgeon was going to give me new legs and a new spine".

    He was convinced that this was "totally real" and he was "tormented by hallucinations at night".

    "My main problem is sleeping. I've lost the sleeping habit, and I find it difficult without sleeping pills. I never used to have that problem.

    "I also have tremors in my hands, they're unpredictable." He said he was having frequent medical checks, including cognitive tests, and "physically I'm recovering quite quickly".

    "Sometimes I feel sort of spaced out, I go for walks twice daily, and can walk for quite some time. For me the hardest part is getting in and out of the car."

    He expressed relief that he was not in any pain, but frustration that even a simple thing like throwing a little ball "feels like shot-putting" in athletics.
    Source: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-54434082.



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    Germany expects EU response to Navalny case in coming days

    BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany and its European Union partners will agree in the coming days a joint response to the poisoning in Russia of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny with a nerve agent in the banned Novichok family, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Wednesday.

    “It is a serious violation of civic rights committed with a chemical nerve agent, and we firmly believe that this cannot remain without consequence,” Maas told German lawmakers in Berlin, where Navalny has been treated.

    “That is why we will be coordinating a joint response with our partners within the European Union - and also within the OPCW (Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons) - over the next few days,” he added.

    Maas said it was in Russia’s interests to get to the bottom of the case.

    Without an explanation from Russia, “targeted and proportionate sanctions against those responsible are unavoidable”, he told the Bundestag lower house of parliament. “Russia would do well not to let it get that far.”

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    Navalny Novichok poisoning: EU sanctions hit top Russians

    The EU has imposed sanctions on six senior Russian officials and a chemical research centre over the Novichok poisoning of anti-Putin campaigner Alexei Navalny.

    Those targeted by EU travel bans and asset freezes include Federal Security Service (FSB) chief Alexander Bortnikov and two deputy defence ministers.

    Mr Navalny is recovering in Berlin. He has blamed President Vladimir Putin for the nerve agent attack in August.

    The Kremlin has denied any role in it.

    EU foreign ministers agreed on the sanctions on Monday, urged on by France and Germany, who are convinced the nerve agent came from a state facility.

    The EU statement on Thursday says that "taking into account that Alexei Navalny was under surveillance at the time of his poisoning, it is reasonable to conclude that the poisoning was only possible with the involvement of the Federal Security Service".

    The Russian government disputes the finding by European experts that the extremely toxic chemical weapon Novichok, developed by Soviet scientists in the Cold War, was used.

    The EU statement however says the sanctions are part of action to counter "the proliferation and use of chemical weapons". EU leaders are meeting for a two-day summit in Brussels.

    The statement says "it is reasonable to conclude that the poisoning of Alexei Navalny was only possible with the consent of the Presidential Executive Office".

    Earlier Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused the EU of failing to understand what he called "the need for mutually respectful dialogue", and said Russia would retaliate against sanctions. "We will respond in kind. This is diplomatic practice."

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    Russia alleges Navalny could have been poisoned in Germany or on plane

    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Thursday that Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, who fell ill on a flight in Siberia on Aug. 20 and was airlifted to Berlin for treatment, could have been poisoned in Germany or on the plane to Berlin.

    Blood samples taken from Navalny, 44, confirmed the presence of a Novichok nerve agent, the global Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons has said.

    The poisoning has worsened relations between Russia and the West, which had introduced sanctions on top Russian officials close to President Vladimir Putin.

    “We have all grounds to believe that everything, which had happened to him (Navalny) from the point of view of warfare agent’s entering into his body, could have happened in Germany or on the plane where he was loaded and sent to the Charite clinic,” Lavrov told an online new conference.

    He did not specify the evidence.

    Navalny received treatment in the Charite hospital in Berlin for 32 days before being discharged in September.

    Last month, the European Union and Britain imposed sanctions on top Russian officials close to Putin in response to the poisoning of Navalny.

    Lavrov said on Thursday that Russia would soon announce the retaliatory measures it has taken against senior French and German officials in ***-for-tat sanctions related to the poisoning.

    Russia has denied any involvement in the poisoning of Navalny who is recovering in Germany.

    Traces of Novichok were also found in the 2018 British case of the poisoning of Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter.

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    Russia dismisses media reports outing Navalny's alleged poisoners as 'amusing' reading

    ZAGREB (Reuters) - Russia on Wednesday rejected the findings of a joint media investigation that said it had identified Russian state security assassins behind the poisoning of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, describing it as an “amusing” read.

    “We’re already used to the fact that the United States and other Western countries make new accusations against Russia in the media, be it about hackers or revelations about the double or even triple poisoning of Navalny,” Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said.

    “It’s amusing to read these news items,” Lavrov added during a news conference in Zagreb alongside his Croatian counterpart Gordan Grlic Radman.

    Navalny on Monday declared his poisoning case solved after a joint media inquiry said it had identified a team of assassins from Russia’s FSB security service as his would-be killers who had stalked him for years.

    It said FSB operatives “that have specialised training in chemical weapons, chemistry and medicine” secretly followed Navalny around Russia for the last four years more than 37 times.

    The investigation was carried out by Bellingcat and Russian media outlet The Insider in cooperation with CNN and the German newsmagazine Der Spiegel.

    The Kremlin has repeatedly rejected any suggestion that Russian authorities tried to kill Navalny, one of President Vladimir Putin’s most prominent critics.

    Navalny, 44, suddenly fell ill on a flight from Siberia to Moscow in August. He was airlifted for medical treatment to Germany, where he continues to undergo rehabilitation.

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    Russia hits EU with sanctions in backlash over Navalny sting

    Russia says it will deny entry to several EU officials and institutions in retaliation for EU sanctions linked to Putin critic Alexei Navalny.

    Top diplomats from France, Germany and Sweden were summoned to Russia's foreign ministry and notified.

    Mr Navalny released a recording on Monday in which he apparently tricked a Russian FSB state agent into revealing details of an attack on him with the nerve agent Novichok.

    He almost died in the August attack.

    The 44-year-old anti-corruption blogger, still recovering after weeks in intensive care in Berlin, posted the long recording of his conversation with the FSB agent on his YouTube channel on Monday. By Tuesday morning more than 13 million people had viewed it.

    The Kremlin has repeatedly denied any role in the attack on Mr Navalny and rejects the Western allegation that he was poisoned with Novichok, an extremely toxic chemical that, experts say, could only have come from a Russian state facility.

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    Russia opens criminal case against ally of Kremlin critic Navalny

    MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia opened a criminal case on Friday against Lyubov Sobol, an ally of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, accusing her of violently trespassing when she tried to doorstep an alleged secret agent who Navalny says was part of a plot to kill him.

    Navalny’s supporters say Sobol rang the doorbell of an alleged FSB security service officer on Monday evening. Navalny previously accused the agent of taking part in a bungled plot to poison him with a nerve agent in August.

    The FSB has dismissed the accusations by Navalny, who has said he would return to Russia hoping to capitalise on a higher profile in the wake of the poisoning case, which has raised tension between Moscow and Western capitals.

    The move against Sobol is the latest in a clampdown on the Kremlin’s opponents before next year’s parliamentary election. Sobol has been seeking to run, although outspoken critics are often barred from standing.

    Police took Sobol in for questioning on Friday. The Investigative Committee, which handles serious crime probes, announced on its website that it was launching a criminal case.

    It said Sobol and several others had repeatedly tried to gain entry to an old woman’s flat in eastern Moscow, wearing uniforms used by the state consumer health watchdog.

    It said Sobol tricked a delivery courier to get into a block of flats and barged into the woman’s flat when she opened the door, adding Sobol was suspected of using violence to illegally enter, an offence that carries a two years in jail.

    Navalny, who is in Germany where he was treated after collapsing on a plane in Russia, condemned the action.

    Germany and other Western nations say Navalny was poisoned with a Soviet-style Novichok nerve agent in a murder attempt. The Kremlin has repeatedly denied the accusations.

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    Alexei Navalny: Poisoned Putin critic detained after arriving in Moscow

    Poisoned Putin critic Alexei Navalny has been detained by police following his return to Russia.

    The dissident flew back from Germany where he had been recovering after being exposed to the Soviet-era novichok nerve agent in August.

    Sky producer Alina Droyshevskaia was on the Sunday flight and said as passengers left the plane: "All of us expect he is going to be arrested... He's ready to sacrifice himself and basically be arrested. His wife is around him right now."

    Just minutes after the plane's arrival, Russia's prison service confirmed Mr Navalny has been detained.

    Mr Navalny's flight had been scheduled to land at Moscow's Vnukovo airport but it was later diverted to the city's Sheremetyevo airport, possibly an effort to keep him from the hundreds of supporters at Vnukovo who had come to see him.

    Police detained several people at Vnukovo and cleared a crowd out of the terminal. Supporters chanted "Russia will be free!" and "Navalny! Navalny!".

    Earlier, after boarding the aircraft in Berlin on Sunday, the Russian dissident had told reporters: "This is the best moment in the last five months. I feel great. Finally, I'm returning to my home town."

    He said he did not think he would be arrested, calling himself an innocent person.

    "What do I need to be afraid of? What bad thing can happen to me in Russia?" he added. "I feel like a citizen of Russia who has every right to return."

    The 44-year-old had said on Instagram: "It was never a question of whether to return or not. Simply because I never left.

    "I ended up in Germany after arriving in an intensive care box for one reason: They tried to kill me."

    Mr Navalny fell ill on a flight to Moscow from the Siberian city of Tomsk last summer but Russia has denied involvement in the poisoning and has said it has seen no evidence that he was poisoned.

    He is on the Federal Wanted List and is implicated in a number of criminal and administrative cases which give law enforcement broad scope to keep him under prolonged investigation.

    This would most likely mean he is not around for September's parliamentary elections.

    Russia's Federal Penitentiary Service has submitted a request to revoke a three-and-a-half-year suspended sentence which wrapped up in December and jail him instead.

    They say he "systematically and repeatedly violated" the terms of his probation both whilst he was in Germany and on a number of occasions before.

    If the court agrees, he could serve three-and-a-half-years in jail, minus a few months already spent under house arrest.

    Mr Navalny has said: "[President Vladimir Putin's] servants are acting as usual by fabricating new criminal cases against me.

    "But I'm not interested in what they're going to do to me. Russia is my country, Moscow is my city and I miss it."

    On top of that, Russia's investigative committee has opened a new criminal case accusing him of the supposed misallocation of crowd-sourced funds at his RBK anti-corruption foundation.

    "If they really want to go after him, this would be the worst case scenario," said his lawyer Vadim Kobzev.

    "Three-and-a-half-years and then 10 years on top of that which is the maximum he can get for this new criminal case."

    He thinks a jail term of that length is unlikely. Recent cases against Mr Navalny have all resulted in suspended sentences, "but we're all trying to read the tea leaves here," Mr Kobzev said.

    The authorities' most likely course of action - at least in the medium term - will be extended periods under house arrest with restrictions placed on, for example, his use of the internet.

    Mr Navalny off-line is far less of a threat to Mr Putin's cronies than the anti-corruption investigations he posts to his YouTube channel.

    His team will endeavour to keep those going but it is not the same.

    And suffice to say, despite the investigations into Mr Navalny's own alleged wrong-doing, authorities have still refused to open any kind of inquiry into how exactly the symbol of Russia's democratic opposition ended up fighting for his life on a work trip to Siberia, with a deadly novichok nerve agent coursing through his veins.

    President Vladimir Putin's glib comment that the FSB would have finished the job if they had really wanted him dead is no substitute.

    Nor, as Mr Navalny so convincingly proved in a telephone call with one of the FSB officers tasked with cleaning up the evidence of his poisoning, is it true.

    https://news.sky.com/story/alexei-na...ussia-12190619

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    Alexei Navalny: Hundreds detained in protests across Russia

    Hundreds of people have been detained as police try to stop nationwide protests in Russia in support of jailed opposition politician Alexei Navalny.

    Mr Navalny's wife, Yulia, said she had been detained at a protest in the capital Moscow, where officers were breaking up the demonstrations.

    Thousands of people have already taken part in rallies in Russia's Far East.

    Mr Navalny, President Vladimir Putin's most high-profile critic, called for protests after his arrest last weekend.

    He was detained on 17 January after he flew back to Moscow from Berlin, where he had been recovering from a near-fatal nerve agent attack in Russia last August.

    On his return, he was immediately taken into custody and found guilty of violating parole conditions. He says it is a trumped-up case designed to silence him, and called on his supporters to protest.

    Several of Mr Navalny's close aides, including a spokeswoman, have also been detained in the run up to Saturday's protests.

    Prior to the rallies, Russian authorities had promised a tough crackdown, with police saying any unauthorised demonstrations and provocations would be "immediately suppressed".

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-55778334


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    Protests for Alexei Navalny in Russia

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-55778334

    This is a welcome development indicating that some Russias are starting to turn against Putin's hard-right authoritarianism. Navalny stood for the Presidency but was prevented from campaigning under house arrest. Then he got poisoned by nerve gas. Now he is in jail. 10,000 people brace -50C to demonstrate in his support.

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    Anyone who doesn't condem the acts of the West towards Iraq has no moral ground to care for an individual who speaks up against the Russian goverment.

    Ask who manufactures nerve gas, and why.

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    In contrast, when protests were held to free Jullian Assange for exposing the truth on USA, you didn't hear a dicky bird from the same lot who attack the Russian government for detaining a Putin critic.

    Hypocrits to the max.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Technics 1210 View Post
    In contrast, when protests were held to free Jullian Assange for exposing the truth on USA, you didn't hear a dicky bird from the same lot who attack the Russian government for detaining a Putin critic.

    Hypocrits to the max.
    So we are back to the “nobody can take a moral stance because everything is corrupt” defence. This is a philosophy of despair. We can do better than despair. We can apply just law in a fair society.

    The US govt did not try to murder Assange, and has not grabbed him off the street for detention without trial.

    Assange is currently incarcerated for avoiding the European Arrest Warrant issued by Sweden by claiming asylum, placing him in breach of the Bail Act. Extradition to the USA has been blocked by a British judge due to his mental illness. He is being treated in accordance with law. The state has not tried to murder him and he is not being detained without trial, as Navalny is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert View Post
    So we are back to the “nobody can take a moral stance because everything is corrupt” defence. This is a philosophy of despair. We can do better than despair. We can apply just law in a fair society.

    The US govt did not try to murder Assange, and has not grabbed him off the street for detention without trial.

    Assange is currently incarcerated for avoiding the European Arrest Warrant issued by Sweden by claiming asylum, placing him in breach of the Bail Act. Extradition to the USA has been blocked by a British judge due to his mental illness. He is being treated in accordance with law. The state has not tried to murder him and he is not being detained without trial, as Navalny is.
    Were back to no one can take a moral stance when there's no consistency.

    Why have the USA asked for his extradition? Because he exposed some truths? Because he was critical of the USA? Just like Snowden?

    If Assange is extradited, he'll be banged up in prison for life. Also nothing to say of how USA have assassinated people on foreign soil in the past.

    There's very little difference in how the USA and Russia think, their methods might be different, but they are essentially the same.

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    Navalny: Thousands join fresh protests across Russia

    Thousands of Russians have been taking part in unauthorised protests to demand the release of the jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

    More than 4,000 people have been detained, a monitoring group says. In Moscow police closed metro stations and blocked off the city centre.

    Mr Navalny was jailed on his return to Russia after recovering from an attempt to kill him with a nerve agent.

    He blames the security services for the attack but the Kremlin denies this.

    The opposition figure had only just arrived from Berlin, where he spent months recovering from the near-fatal incident.

    Russian authorities say Mr Navalny was supposed to report to police regularly because of a suspended sentence for embezzlement.

    Mr Navalny has denounced his detention as "blatantly illegal", saying the authorities had allowed him to travel to Berlin for treatment for the Novichok poisoning, which happened in Russia last August.

    Mr Navalny has blamed state security agents under Mr Putin's orders for the attempt on his life and investigative journalists have named Russian FSB agents suspected of the poisoning. But the Kremlin denies involvement and disputes the conclusion, by Western weapons experts, that Novichok was used.

    Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin has denied reports he is the owner of a vast palace on the Black Sea, as alleged by Mr Navalny in a video that has gone viral in Russia and has been watched more than 100m times.

    Where were the protests?
    In Moscow the BBC's Sarah Rainsford says protesters played cat-and-mouse with police, getting up close to officers before retreating to safety. Police snatch squads pulled some protesters through the lines of riot shields. Footage showed a stream of people being escorted on to buses by riot police.

    Protesters then attempted to reach the Matrosskaya Tishina prison where Mr Navalny is being held.

    Mr Navalny's wife, Yulia Navalnaya, was among those detained at Sunday's protest. She was later released.

    Ahead of the protests she posted on Instagram: "If we stay quiet, then they could come for any of us tomorrow."

    Police said the protests were illegal and Russian authorities warned that the gatherings could spread the coronavirus.

    A 40-year-old protester in Moscow told Reuters: "I understand that I live in a totally lawless state. In a police state, with no independent courts. In a country ruled by corruption. I would like to live differently," she said.

    In St Petersburg, Mr Putin's home city, a crowd gathered in a central square and chanted: "Down with the Tsar."

    Rallies in support of Mr Navalny also took place in eastern Russia. In the Siberian city of Novosibirsk, at least 2,000 people marched through the city chanting "Freedom" and "Putin is a thief".

    In Yakutsk, where temperatures fell to -40C, a protester named Ivan said it was the first rally he had attended.

    "I am tired of the despotism and lawlessness of the authorities. No questions have been answered. I want clarity, openness, and change. This is what made me come here," he said.

    Further rallies saw about 1,000 people demonstrate in Omsk, also in Siberia, and about 7,000 people protest in Yekaterinburg in the Ural region, according to local media reports.

    The OVD-Info monitoring group said police had detained more than 4,000 people at protests in 85 cities across the country. They included 1,167 held in Moscow and 862 in St Petersburg.

    Later on Sunday, Mr Navalny's Moscow campaign headquarters announced the end of the day's protests and called on supporters to attend a rally on Tuesday at a Moscow court where a ruling will be made on Mr Navalny's detention.

    A number of close associates of Mr Navalny have been detained since last week and others, including his brother and ***** Riot activist Maria Alyokhina, have been put under house arrest.

    The chief editor of a Russian website specialising in human rights, Sergei Smirnov, was also arrested outside his home on Saturday. News of his detention, apparently over allegations he participated in last week's protests, has been condemned by other journalists.

    In Moscow, police have reportedly been struggling to find space in jail for supporters of the opposition leader.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-55876033

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    Navalny ally urges Russians to light candles in Valentine's Day protest

    MOSCOW (Reuters) - An ally of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny urged Russians on Tuesday to gather near their homes for a brief Valentine’s Day protest, shining their mobile phone torches and lighting candles in heart shapes to flood social media.

    Tens of thousands have taken to the streets in recent weeks to protest against the jailing of Navalny, a prominent critic of President Vladimir Putin, who says he is being persecuted for political reasons.

    Police have detained more than 11,000 people who have taken part in what they said were unsanctioned protests which the Kremlin has condemned as illegal and dangerous.

    Leonid Volkov, a Navalny ally based outside Russia, called on people to gather in the residential courtyards near their homes at 1700 GMT on Sunday and to stand there for several minutes shining their mobile phone torches.

    He said the format, which is reminiscent of tactics used by the anti-government opposition in neighbouring Belarus, should help distance protesters from the police.

    He suggested people bring candles and make heart shapes with them to mark Valentine’s Day, and photograph them from above in an event he said would last just 15 minutes.

    Supporters, he said, could then flood social media with images of the protest. The idea for the candles was inspired by the heart sign Navalny made to his wife in court as he was jailed, Volkov said.

    “Thought you were the only one in the whole big block who is not indifferent to what’s happening in the country? You’ll see that’s not the case,” Volkov wrote in a post on the Telegram messenger.

    “No OMON (riot police), no fear. Maybe it’ll seem like these 15 minutes will change nothing - but in fact they will change everything.”

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-r...-idUSKBN2A90YR


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    Quote Originally Posted by Technics 1210 View Post
    Were back to no one can take a moral stance when there's no consistency.

    Why have the USA asked for his extradition? Because he exposed some truths? Because he was critical of the USA? Just like Snowden?

    If Assange is extradited, he'll be banged up in prison for life. Also nothing to say of how USA have assassinated people on foreign soil in the past.

    There's very little difference in how the USA and Russia think, their methods might be different, but they are essentially the same.
    They seek his extradition to face charges of espionage and treason.

    If he is found Not Guilty of these charges in court he will not be imprisoned. If found Guilty he will be jailed as was his alleged conspirator Chelsea Manning, who is serving a 35-year term.

    USA has not tried to assassinate him or Manning or imprison them without trial, as Russia has done to Navalny.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert View Post
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-55778334

    This is a welcome development indicating that some Russias are starting to turn against Putin's hard-right authoritarianism. Navalny stood for the Presidency but was prevented from campaigning under house arrest. Then he got poisoned by nerve gas. Now he is in jail. 10,000 people brace -50C to demonstrate in his support.
    Navalny is not the hero you think he is. he is a hard right nationalist racist who hates Muslims. As usual Rob your falling for the standard media created **.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the Great Khan View Post
    Navalny is not the hero you think he is. he is a hard right nationalist racist who hates Muslims. As usual Rob your falling for the standard media created **.
    What makes you think I think he is a hero?

    As usual, PP is trying to frame everything in absolute terms, good vs evil.

    The Navalny issue highlights a different principle. Decent countries have free and fair elections, don’t try to assassinate the opposition or imprison opponents without trial.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert View Post
    What makes you think I think he is a hero?

    As usual, PP is trying to frame everything in absolute terms, good vs evil.

    The Navalny issue highlights a different principle. Decent countries have free and fair elections, don’t try to assassinate the opposition or imprison opponents without trial.
    True, but countries like Russia are facing a revolution every year due to NATO's interference and pressure on its borders. i wonder what would happen to these "decent" countries if they were put under similar pressure. We got a small taste with the anti "terror" legislation of the early 2000's.

    Putin is a product of the destruction of the Soviet union when residents had to eat the meat of stray dogs. He is a product of a certain situation. "Decent" countries are only like that because they havent faced such pressures yet. brexit is another example of a type of pressure. Lets see what happens in the post covid world.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the Great Khan View Post
    True, but countries like Russia are facing a revolution every year due to NATO's interference and pressure on its borders. i wonder what would happen to these "decent" countries if they were put under similar pressure. We got a small taste with the anti "terror" legislation of the early 2000's.

    Putin is a product of the destruction of the Soviet union when residents had to eat the meat of stray dogs. He is a product of a certain situation. "Decent" countries are only like that because they havent faced such pressures yet. brexit is another example of a type of pressure. Lets see what happens in the post covid world.
    If Russia is facing a revolution it is because Navalny was imprisoned for pointing out that Putin and the other kleptocrats have robbed the people. That robbery was not a product of the collapse of USSR, it’s a product of extreme greed by a very few oligarchs.

    Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, etc. weren’t eating dead dog when USSR fell.

    If nations on Russia’s border join NATO it is because they were once under Russia, didn’t like it, and want protection from it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert View Post
    If Russia is facing a revolution it is because Navalny was imprisoned for pointing out that Putin and the other kleptocrats have robbed the people. That robbery was not a product of the collapse of USSR, it’s a product of extreme greed by a very few oligarchs.

    Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, etc. weren’t eating dead dog when USSR fell.

    If nations on Russia’s border join NATO it is because they were once under Russia, didn’t like it, and want protection from it.
    There is no revolution, this is some fantasy world comment.

    Navlany is a CIA asset, he has been caught on tape but you wont see this on the BBC. USA and Europe has no right to DEMAND his release, its a Russian internal matter. He will spend the rest of life in jail.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert View Post
    They seek his extradition to face charges of espionage and treason.

    If he is found Not Guilty of these charges in court he will not be imprisoned. If found Guilty he will be jailed as was his alleged conspirator Chelsea Manning, who is serving a 35-year term.

    USA has not tried to assassinate him or Manning or imprison them without trial, as Russia has done to Navalny.
    Treason and espionage? For releasing documents which exposed the US Army and its actions in Iraq?

    Manning was the guy/girl who committed treason, and he was pardoned by Obama. Where are you getting your information from?

    PS: Assange is an Aussie national, not American. There is no charge of treason.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Technics 1210 View Post
    Treason and espionage? For releasing documents which exposed the US Army and its actions in Iraq?

    Manning was the guy/girl who committed treason, and he was pardoned by Obama. Where are you getting your information from?

    PS: Assange is an Aussie national, not American. There is no charge of treason.
    Fair point on treason. Conflating him with Snowden. Assange is in effect being treated as a foreign spy by the DoJ.

    Chelsea Manning is a trans-woman, now back in jail for Contempt of Court for refusing to testify against Assange. She was convicted of espionage but acquitted of the more serious charge of aiding the enemy.

    Thread is about Navalny and Russia.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KingKhanWC View Post
    There is no revolution, this is some fantasy world comment.

    Navlany is a CIA asset, he has been caught on tape but you wont see this on the BBC. USA and Europe has no right to DEMAND his release, its a Russian internal matter. He will spend the rest of life in jail.
    Where did you get that, RT?

    Without trial? Love the way you cozy up to dictators.

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    I dont think he has the support to stop Putin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert View Post
    Where did you get that, RT?

    Without trial? Love the way you cozy up to dictators.
    It's on Reuters.

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-r...-idUSKBN26M4JB

    It wouldn't be the first time the CIA were involved in regime change etc.

    Though yes, USA cannot demand he be released, because their demands reek of hypocrisy.

    Guantanamo Bay. Over 700 people detained, transfered, and 9 died while in custody - without trial.

    Why is it one rule for Russia, and another for USA?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert View Post
    Where did you get that, RT?

    Without trial? Love the way you cozy up to dictators.
    why do you always stay true to the western line of reasoning which can be proven to be highly problematic at best and blatantly colonialistic at worse?

    Its quite clear what the west wants in russia. A pliable regime that can be controlled and reigned in. Putin may be a nasty chap but he is no more nasty than the plethora of western politicians who are as corrupt and racist. Its all about control of the key economic trade routes and geopolitics of eurasia.

    The colonialist world sees its post colonialism facing major challenges from Putin , Erdogan, Imran Khan, Xi, etc and want to maintain that control. hence why wars in the middle east and central asia are its options.

    Navalny is just another in a long line of agents and provocateurs who are used to increase pressure in the people of central asia and the wider eurasian continent.

    Other such agents are Bilawal Bhutto and various turkish military and politicians. They failed in the military coup thanks to a tip off from Putin but the game continues.

    Altaf hussein was also such an agent who was used to kill hundreds. The TTP are another group used for such purposes. And the Salala massacre was proof of this policy.

    Its just an extension of the same policies but now these games are facing heavy push back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Technics 1210 View Post
    It's on Reuters.

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-r...-idUSKBN26M4JB

    It wouldn't be the first time the CIA were involved in regime change etc.

    Though yes, USA cannot demand he be released, because their demands reek of hypocrisy.

    Guantanamo Bay. Over 700 people detained, transfered, and 9 died while in custody - without trial.

    Why is it one rule for Russia, and another for USA?
    The Kremlin propaganda has been reported by Reuters. Obviously it is in the power structure’s interest to discredit Navalny as a foreign spy. He is showing them up for what they are.

    Guantanamo is a bad thing, for a unique situation for the USA DoD where enemy combatants cannot be classed as POWs under the Geneva Convention as they did not fight for a nation state. In the UK those combatants would have been tried in criminal court under terrorism offences, not detained without trial.

    Again, two wrongs (or 700 wrongs) don’t make a right. That the DoD detained all those people without trial does not meet it is ok for the Kremlin to detain Navalny without trial.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert View Post
    The Kremlin propaganda has been reported by Reuters. Obviously it is in the power structure’s interest to discredit Navalny as a foreign spy. He is showing them up for what they are.

    Guantanamo is a bad thing, for a unique situation for the USA DoD where enemy combatants cannot be classed as POWs under the Geneva Convention as they did not fight for a nation state. In the UK those combatants would have been tried in criminal court under terrorism offences, not detained without trial.

    Again, two wrongs (or 700 wrongs) don’t make a right. That the DoD detained all those people without trial does not meet it is ok for the Kremlin to detain Navalny without trial.
    Yup 2 wrongs don't make a right so why doesn't USA lead by example?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert View Post
    Where did you get that, RT?

    Without trial? Love the way you cozy up to dictators.
    Ironic considering the Brits and Yanks have a long history of supporting dictators. Selling weapons to Saudi family to bomb kids is fine with you I guess?

    There is a video of him meeting with Americans. Europe and US has no right to demand his release, much delusion lol.


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    Quote Originally Posted by KingKhanWC View Post
    Ironic considering the Brits and Yanks have a long history of supporting dictators. Selling weapons to Saudi family to bomb kids is fine with you I guess?

    There is a video of him meeting with Americans. Europe and US has no right to demand his release, much delusion lol.
    Can you provide proof that he is a cia asset.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KingKhanWC View Post
    Ironic considering the Brits and Yanks have a long history of supporting dictators. Selling weapons to Saudi family to bomb kids is fine with you I guess?

    There is a video of him meeting with Americans. Europe and US has no right to demand his release, much delusion lol.
    Enough with your straw men. I have tried for years to persuade you to debate properly.

    I’m not “the Brits and Yanks” I am an individual who sees a despot attempting to murder and detain without trial a political opponent who draws attention to the despot’s abuses.

    Whereas you are in favour of said oppressor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nadeemp View Post
    Can you provide proof that he is a cia asset.
    Can you please provide proof or some documentation on him being a cia asset mr KING KHAN. I assume you just made that up

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nadeemp View Post
    Can you please provide proof or some documentation on him being a cia asset mr KING KHAN. I assume you just made that up
    I talked to some Americans once. Guess I must be a CIA asset too. Wonder when they will activate me with post-hypnotic suggestion?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert View Post
    I talked to some Americans once. Guess I must be a CIA asset too. Wonder when they will activate me with post-hypnotic suggestion?
    I actually was once in a long train ride with a russian who claimed worked for the Russian Government ( this was in spain). We even went to the bar and had a beer. My gf took a pick of us even. I must be KGB also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert View Post
    Enough with your straw men. I have tried for years to persuade you to debate properly.

    I’m not “the Brits and Yanks” I am an individual who sees a despot attempting to murder and detain without trial a political opponent who draws attention to the despot’s abuses.

    Whereas you are in favour of said oppressor.
    Maybe you cant respond and always talk of straw men.

    Why do you agree with US/UK? It has nothing to do with them or you esp since you both dont speak against the dozens of dictators which are supported by the west.

    Quote Originally Posted by Robert View Post
    I talked to some Americans once. Guess I must be a CIA asset too. Wonder when they will activate me with post-hypnotic suggestion?

    There is evidence of a meeting of his close aid with MI6. Navalny wanted funding from the west, it's all on tape. Russia obviously will be angry as would the UK if any politician was seeking funding from Russia or China.


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    Quote Originally Posted by KingKhanWC View Post
    Maybe you cant respond and always talk of straw men.

    Why do you agree with US/UK? It has nothing to do with them or you esp since you both dont speak against the dozens of dictators which are supported by the west.




    There is evidence of a meeting of his close aid with MI6. Navalny wanted funding from the west, it's all on tape. Russia obviously will be angry as would the UK if any politician was seeking funding from Russia or China.
    So u don’t have any proof you can provide

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nadeemp View Post
    So u don’t have any proof you can provide
    It was MI6 not CIA. Ive just wrote there is a clear video of his aid meeting with MI6 requesting money on his behalf. You want a written confession lol


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    Quote Originally Posted by KingKhanWC View Post
    It was MI6 not CIA. Ive just wrote there is a clear video of his aid meeting with MI6 requesting money on his behalf. You want a written confession lol
    I rest my case. .NEXT.../

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    Quote Originally Posted by KingKhanWC View Post
    Maybe you cant respond and always talk of straw men.

    Why do you agree with US/UK? It has nothing to do with them or you esp since you both dont speak against the dozens of dictators which are supported by the west.




    There is evidence of a meeting of his close aid with MI6. Navalny wanted funding from the west, it's all on tape. Russia obviously will be angry as would the UK if any politician was seeking funding from Russia or China.
    Every time you raise a strawman I will call it what it is, until you learn to debate properly instead of just deflect.

    So now there are meetings with MI6 as well as CIA. How do you know? Did they have baseball caps with MI6 and CIA written on them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nadeemp View Post
    I actually was once in a long train ride with a russian who claimed worked for the Russian Government ( this was in spain). We even went to the bar and had a beer. My gf took a pick of us even. I must be KGB also.
    It’s like Smith in The Matrix. Being in the same train carriage turns you into an agent. He doesn’t even have to touch you, it happens by osmosis. Did he give you a KGB hat? Your GF’s camera is possessed too.
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