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Navalny Going Back to Dangerous Territory

Opposition leader could face jail with Sunday arrival in Russia

(Newser) - Now almost fully recovered from Novichok poisoning, Alexei Navalny is ready to head home. The Russian opposition leader and anti-corruption activist said Wednesday that he had purchased a plane ticket that would see him return to his home country from Germany, where he's been recovering since August, on Sunday....

Putin Says Agents 'Would've Finished the Job' With Navalny

Russian president blames US for reports implicating FSB

(Newser) - A hit squad employed by Russia's Federal Security Service shadowed Alexei Navalny on numerous trips before poisoning the opposition activist with Russian-made nerve agent Novichok in August, according to a joint investigation by CNN and Bellingcat . This week's reports, based on the agents' mobile phone data and other...

Navalny Describes What Novichok Poisoning Feels Like

'The brain understands that this is the end'

(Newser) - Alexei Navalny felt no pain. Still, he knew he was close to death when he collapsed on a plane in August— the result of poisoning with a previously unknown type of Novichok, the Russian-developed nerve agent. "I've compared it to being touched by a Dementor in a Harry ...

Navalny: No Other Version of How Crime Was Committed

He points a finger at Putin

(Newser) - Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who is recovering in Germany after being poisoned in Russia by a nerve agent, accused Vladimir Putin of being behind the attack in comments released Thursday. Navalny's supporters have frequently maintained that such an attack could have only been ordered at the top levels,...

After 32 Days, Navalny Walks Free

'Complete recovery is possible' for Russian opposition leader who leaves hospital

(Newser) - Alexei Navalny has finally left the Berlin hospital where he was treated for suspected Novichok poisoning. The Russian opposition leader was discharged on Tuesday, a few days after he posted a photo of himself walking in Charité Hospital . The hospital said his condition "has improved sufficiently for him to...

Aides: Here's How Navalny Was Poisoned

They say nerve agent was on hotel water bottles

(Newser) - The German government says there is "unequivocal proof" that Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny was poisoned with a Novichok nerve agent—and Navalny's aides say they have now found the source. An Instagram post shared Thursday shows aides searching Navalny's hotel room in the Siberian city of...

Navalny Posts First Photo After Poisoning

'I miss you all,' says Putin critic from hospital bed

(Newser) - The news about Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been getting better from the hospital, and Tuesday brings the most optimistic update yet—from Navalny himself. The 44-year-old posted a photo of himself on Instagram from his hospital room in Germany with his wife and two medical workers, reports NBC...

For Poisoned Putin Critic, Good News From Hospital

Alexei Navalny is able to leave his bed in Germany

(Newser) - Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s health has improved so that he is now able to leave his bed briefly, the Berlin hospital treating him said Monday, while Germany announced that French and Swedish labs have confirmed its findings that he was poisoned with the Soviet-era nerve agent Novichok, per...

Germany Identifies What Navalny Was Poisoned With

Novichok, same as Sergei Skripal

(Newser) - The German government left no room for interpretation on Wednesday, saying toxicology tests returned "unequivocal proof" that Alexei Navalny was poisoned with a nerve agent from the Novichok group. Russia has denied that the opposition politician, who has been in a coma since falling ill in August on a...

Novichok-Poisoned Cop: 'We Lost Everything'

Nick Bailey describes 'emotional battering' in first interview

(Newser) - It wasn't just a police officer's health that suffered after he came into contact with Novichok left on the door handle of the home of a former Russian spy living in England. "We lost everything," Det. Sgt. Nick Bailey tells the BBC in his first interview...

Putin Has One Word for Skripal: 'Scumbag'

He thinks the ex-spy is a traitor, too

(Newser) - Vladimir Putin has previously addressed the poisoning of ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal, but never quite like this. When asked on Wednesday about sanctions imposed on Russia in the wake of the attack, Putin dismissed the ex-spy as "just a scumbag" who turned on his country, reports the AP . "...

Investigative Group Says It Has Unmasked Novichok Suspect

Bellingcat says Ruslan Boshirov is really Col. Anatoliy Chepiga

(Newser) - As the UK has alleged , Ruslan Boshirov is not who he says he is, at least according to an online investigative group. The Guardian reports Bellingcat and investigative partner the Insider say they have identified one of the men accused of poisoning the Skripals with novichok as a colonel with...

Novichok Suspects: We Only Wanted to See Stonehenge

Ruslan Boshirov, Alexander Petrov deny attack to Kremlin-funded 'RT'

(Newser) - That was fast. A day after Vladimir Putin hinted at an interview , two Russians claiming to be those accused of depositing a nerve agent on the door of a former Russian spy living in England announced they were only on a sightseeing trip. Describing themselves as victims of a "...

Putin on Novichok Suspects: 'We Have Found Them'

Suggests they may appear publicly soon to defend their innocence

(Newser) - Vladimir Putin says Russia has located the men named by the UK as the suspects in the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter. "We know who they are, we have found them," he said. "I hope they will turn up themselves and tell everything. This would...

How a Perfume Bottle of Novichok Allegedly Got to UK

UK authorities say it was flown from Moscow as fake Nina Ricci perfume

(Newser) - The two men blended in with crowds in Salisbury, which was hosting its weekly Saturday market, then slipped away within a couple of hours. They returned the next day and, in broad daylight, allegedly sprayed the door handle of the home of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal with Novichok nerve...

Chemical Attack in UK Leads to US Sanctions on Russia

The State Department is retaliating for the poisoning of Sergei Skripal

(Newser) - The US is poised to impose sanctions on Russia in retaliation for a March nerve agent attack on a former Russian double agent and his daughter. Per BBC , US investigators have determined the country is behind the March 4 poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia Skripal, who were...

Novichok Victim Describes the Moment Girlfriend Fell Ill

Charlie Rowley says he found bottle of what appeared to be perfume, gave it to Dawn Sturgess

(Newser) - Charlie Rowley found a sealed box of perfume and gave it to his girlfriend, Dawn Sturgess. She sprayed some on her wrists, and within 15 minutes, was complaining of a headache. Just moments after that, "she said she felt peculiar and needed to lie down in the bath, which...

Britain May Have Spotted Russian Suspects in Poisonings

Two reports say that authorities identified at least two people in airport surveillance

(Newser) - It looks like Britain may have identified at least two suspects in the Novichok poisonings—and they're Russians. Authorities have not publicly made any announcement, but CNN and the British news agency the Press Association (here via the BBC ) are each reporting the development. Investigators pored over surveillance...

Fox Host Asks Putin the Questions Trump Didn't

Chris Wallace wanted to know why Russian leader's rivals end up dead

(Newser) - With President Trump apparently unable or unwilling to ask Vladimir Putin tough questions, US interests were represented in Helsinki by ... Chris Wallace? The Fox host's interview with the Russian leader , which aired Monday night, was a testy affair, with Putin clearly unhappy about a journalist challenging him, the Washington ...

Deadly Nerve Agent May Have Been in Perfume Bottle

Brother of one of 2 recent Novichok victims in UK identifies the apparent source

(Newser) - The British woman who died last month after being exposed to a nerve agent may have poisoned herself with a spritz from a perfume bottle. Dawn Sturgess' boyfriend also was exposed, and his brother tells the BBC that authorities have identified the source of the toxin Novichok that killed Sturgess...

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