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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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Berlin Shooting: Four injured, manhunt underway to nab assailants

Four people have been injured after a shooting incident in Berlin early Saturday, police said, adding that a manhunt was under way for the unidentified assailants who fled the scene. German media reported heavily armed police officers were deployed to the scene in the Kreuzberg district. The four injured were aged between 30 and 42. […]

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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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70 artefacts at Berlin’s Museum Island attacked with oily liquid

At least 70 artefacts from post-war German history were sprayed with an oily liquid on Berlin’s Museum Island, a UNESCO world heritage site that is home to five famous museums. Berlin’s state criminal police agency released details of the attack late on Tuesday, 17 days after at least one unknown attacker targeted Ancient Egyptian sarcophagi, […]

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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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Russia opposition leader Alexei Navalny poisoned with Novichok, Germany finds

Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny was poisoned with a Novichok nerve agent, Germany claims. After the government in Berlin released results of toxicology tests carried out at a military laboratory, Chancellor Merkel said there were now “serious questions that only the Russian government can and must answer”. “Someone tried to silence [Mr Navalny] and in […]

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Doctors treating Putin’s critic find no poison in Alexei Navalny’s body; Deny moving him to Germany

Russian doctors treating opposition leader Alexei Navalny 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. His supporters called the doctors’ decision “a direct threat to his life”. The doctors say no poison was found in his body. […]

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Berlin motorway crashes probed as a terrorist attack

A man who rammed three motorcyclists on a motorway in Berlin is being investigated as “an Islamist-motivated attack”. Three people were seriously injured when the suspect’s car collided with motorbikes and cars on the motorway on Tuesday evening. Witnesses said the 30-year-old Iraqi suspect claimed to have a “dangerous object” in a box of ammunition. […]

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Slovakia expels three Russian diplomats over link to murder of Georgian man in Berlin

Slovakia will expel three Russian embassy staff from Bratislava after local media reported a relation to the murder of a Georgian man in Berlin last year. Slovakia cited abuse of Slovak visas as reason for the expulsions. Local media, as well as investigative website bellingcat.com, have reported that one of those suspected of planning the […]

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Thousands march against coronavirus restrictions in Berlin

Thousands marched in Berlin on Saturday to protest against measures imposed in Germany to stem the coronavirus pandemic, saying they violated people’s rights and freedoms. The gathering, estimated by police at 17,000, included libertarians, constitutional loyalists and anti-vaccination activists. There was also a small far-right presence with some marchers carrying Germany’s black, white and red […]

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Berlin metro wants rest of the year to change derogatory station name

Berlin metro wants the rest of the year to change the name of a metro station that calls Black people derogatorily. Berlin’s public transport company BVG said on Saturday. Mohrenstrasse metro station literally means Moor Street, using the medieval term for people from North Africa. The station will be renamed to a neighbouring street, Glinkastrasse, […]