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Jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny ends hunger strike after 24 days

Jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny ended his hunger strike after 24 days. Navalny began refusing food on 31 March to demand better medical care. He said he had twice been seen by civilian doctors and “given the progress and circumstances, I am ending my hunger strike”. The process would be gradual, he added in […]

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Alexei Navalny: Thousands of Russians protest against detention of Kremlin’s critic

Thousands in Russia took part in protests against the detention of jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny. They called for Navalny, who has been on hunger strike for weeks, to receive proper medical care. More than 1,000 people were reportedly arrested. Navalny, 44, was jailed in February and is demanding medical attention for acute back pain […]

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Alexei Navalny: Putin’s critic losing sensation in his hands and legs

Alexei Navalny, the jailed critic of the Kremlin is losing sensation in his legs and hands, according to his lawyers. Vadim Kobzev said Navalny, who is in a penal colony serving a sentence for embezzlement, had been diagnosed with two spinal hernias. Last week, Navalny started a hunger strike to demand proper treatment for acute […]

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European Union, United States impose sanctions on Russian officials for poisoning Alexei Navalny

The United States imposed sanctions on Russian government officials and entities over the poisoning of Alexei Navalny, the most high-profile critic of President Vladimir Putin US intelligence concluded that the Russian government was behind the near-fatal nerve agent attack on Navalny in Siberia last year. Moscow has denied involvement in his poisoning. US officials said seven […]

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Thousands protest in Russia demanding release of Alexei Navalny; 5,000 detained

Thousands of Russians took part in protests demanding the release of jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny. More than 5,000 people have been detained, according to monitoring groups. In Moscow police closed metro stations and blocked off the city centre. In a massive show of force, police imposed a sweeping security lockdown in the heart of […]

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Alexei Navalny detained in Moscow after flying home 5 months after nearly being killed

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was detained after flying back to Moscow from Germany, five months after he was nearly killed by a nerve agent attack. The police at passport control at Sheremetyevo airport whisked away the 44-year-old. Thousands had gathered at a different Moscow airport to greet his flight from Berlin, but the plane was diverted. […]

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Russian security agent ‘admits’ to putting poison in Alexei Navalny’s underwear

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has claimed that the Kremlin sought to kill him by placing poison in his underwear. Navalny presented audio recordings with a man named Konstantin Kudryavtsev, who he said was a chemical weapons expert with the Federal Security Service, the principal security agency of Russia. “I called my killer. He confessed […]

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Russian President Vladimir Putin’s critic Alexei Navalny discharged from Berlin hospital

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s critic Alexei Navalny was 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. A statement from the hospital said that 44-year-old Mr Navalny had spent 32 days there, including […]

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Russian opposition leader poisoning: Navalny’s staff finds nerve agent on hotel room water bottle

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. Earlier, it was suggested that Mr Navalny was poisoned  at the airport. Mr Navalny fell violently ill on a flight in Russia last month and was airlifted […]

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Putin’s critic, Alexei Navalny arrives in Germany for medical treatment

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has arrived in Germany from Siberia for treatment. The acutely ill critic of President Putin is in a coma after drinking what his supporters suspect he was poisoned. Doctors treating him in Omsk had insisted on Friday that he was too ill to be moved. But they later said his condition […]