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Wed Sep 2, 2020, 07:24 PM

WaPo Editorial Board: It's no wonder Putin thinks he can get away with poisoning his adversaries

Source: Washington Post

It’s no wonder Putin thinks he can get away with poisoning his adversaries

Opinion by Editorial Board
9/2/2020, 3:28:00 p.m.

WHEN RUSSIAN opposition leader Alexei Navalny suddenly fell ill two weeks ago, Russian authorities dismissed his supporters’ charges of poisoning and resisted allowing his transfer to a German hospital for treatment. Eventually, they relented — and now the government of Chancellor Angela Merkel is reporting “unequivocal evidence” that Mr. Navalny was attacked with a chemical nerve agent. Once again, the regime of Russian President Vladimir Putin has been caught attempting to murder a leading opponent using a weapon banned by international treaty.

A statement from Ms. Merkel’s government Wednesday said a German military laboratory has carried out tests that identified the toxin in Mr. Navalny’s body as belonging to the Novichok class, a group of nerve agents developed by the Soviet Union. A similar substance was used to poison exiled Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Britain in 2018; they survived, but a woman who accidentally encountered the poison was killed. A statement by Berlin’s Charité hospital, where Mr. Navalny is being treated, said he remains on a ventilator and his condition is “still grave.” While his life is not now in danger, the statement said, “a more prolonged course of the disease should be expected” and “long-term consequences of severe poisoning are not excluded.”

That, no doubt, will please Mr. Putin, who had pressing reasons to sideline his longtime nemesis. With his poll ratings sagging, Mr. Putin faces persistent demonstrations in the Siberian city of Khabarovsk, as well as local elections later this month in which Mr. Navalny had been working to defeat ruling-party candidates. A popular uprising in neighboring Belarus is setting an example for Russians weary of Mr. Putin’s autocratic rule.

No doubt a part of the Kremlin’s calculations was the small price paid for previous attacks. The near-murder of Mr. Skripal in the British city of Salisbury led to the expulsion of Russian diplomats from Western capitals, but no more.


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Thu Sep 3, 2020, 04:21 AM

1. It is horrible that not only has Trump not condemned the Navalny poisoning...

But he has yet to condemn the Russian bounties on our soldiers!

OF COURSE Putin thinks he can get away with murder. Trump has let him!

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