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Luke Harding says alleged attack on Russian opposition figure has all the hallmarks of a state-sponsored hit

Alexei Navalny, the Russian opposition figure, was onboard a flight from Siberia on 20 August when he was taken seriously ill. After an emergency landing in Omsk, he spent two days being treated by Russian doctors, who ruled out poisoning in public statements. But following transfer to a hospital in Berlin, authorities in Germany revealed that he had in fact been poisoned with novichok, the same substance used in the 2018 attack on the Skripals in Salisbury, UK.

The Guardian’s Luke Harding tells Anushka Asthana the alleged attack on Navalny has all the hallmarks of a state-sponsored hit. But as Navalny appears to be slowly recovering from the incident, western leaders have been quick to demand answers from Russia. There are even calls for Germany to cancel the prestigious Nord Stream 2 pipeline in retaliation

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