Alexei Navalny: Russia opposition leader poisoned with Novichok – Germany

  • 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.

A Novichok nerve agent was used to poison former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the UK in 2018. While they survived, another woman later died in hospital.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Mr Navalny was the victim of an attempted murder and there were now “serious questions that only the Russian government can and must answer”.

“Someone tried to silence him and in the name of the whole German government I condemn that in the strongest terms.”