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Russia: Putin critic Alexei Navalny poisoned by nerve agent Novichok, Germany says

The German government announced Wednesday that tests performed on samples taken from Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny positively showed the presence of the nerve agent Novichok.

Navalny, a fierce critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, fell mysteriously ill on a flight back to Moscow from Siberia on Aug. 20 and was taken to a hospital in the Siberian city of Omsk after his plane was forced to make an emergency landing.

He was transferred to a German hospital two days later, where doctors said last week there had been signs that the outspoken politician had been poisoned.

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