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Russian Opposition Leader Alexei Navalny May Have Been Poisoned in Prison, Supporters Say

HeadlineApr 14, 2023

In Russia, supporters of the jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny say his health has rapidly deteriorated in recent days. Spokesperson Kira Yarmysh says Navalny lost nearly 20 pounds in just two weeks after complaining of stomach pains.

Kira Yarmysh: “We can’t rule out the idea that he is being poisoned even now, but not in a huge dosage as before, but in small ones, so that he not — so he not to die immediately, but to suffer.”

Navalny is one of President Vladimir Putin’s most prominent critics. In 2020, he narrowly survived an apparent assassination attempt when he was poisoned with the nerve agent Novichok.

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