In fact, Navalny started making headlines in 2008 when he started making revelations about corruption in Russian politics through his blog. An example of his popularity was that he was prevented from contesting elections against Putin in 2018. And after this, in August 2020, there was an alleged failed attempt to remove them by poison. Let us tell you that in the past, anti-incumbency was kept silent in Russia.
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What is the story of Russian spy Skripal?Former Russian detective Sergey Skripal and his daughter met in the UK city of Salisbury in an unconscious state for two years. It was told that he was given the military grade nerve agent as Novichok poison. Earlier in 2006, Skripal was imprisoned for 13 years for spying for Britain. However, he was granted amnesty in 2010. It is said that Skripal and his daughter are now living in New Zealand with a new identity.
In Russia, Leader of the Opposition Alexei Navleni was arrested.
Criticism of Putin cost Vergilov
Activist Pyotr Virzhilov, who was a critic of Putin as a member of Russia’s defendant group Pusey Ryot, was also tried for poisoning. After being moved from Moscow to Berlin in September 2018, it was confirmed that Vergilov was poisoned. The BBC was told by Vergilov that an investigation into the case of three Russian journalists who had been ‘killed’ in the Central African Republic was tried to remove them from the road.
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Poison given twice to this anti-Putin
Journalist Vladimir Kara Murza, a critic of Putin, was first poisoned in 2015. Then Murza had a kidney failure problem due to poison. After this, there were reports of poisoning in 2017, due to which Murza went into a coma. It is said that since then the Murzas have lived in Moscow.
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When the detective was murdered
In 2006, former spy Alexander Litvinenko was shot to death in London by poisoning the name Polonium 210. In this case, Russian politician Andrey Lugovoy and his colleague Dimitri Kovtun were under the scanner. Alexander is said to have been investigating Spain’s links with Russia and had received the money from Britain’s spy agency MI6.
Russian President Vladimir Putin
When the anti-Ukraine leader was given poison
In the Ukraine election, there was an attempt to poison Viktor Yushenko by standing against the Russia-backed candidate. Chemical dioxin found in Agent Orange was found in his body. However, due to this poison, he fell victim to facial paralysis from one side. Later Eushenko recovered and also managed to win the presidential election. After becoming President, he had accused Ukraine of inciting poisoning.
It is clear from all these stories that poisoning has been a special way to remove the opponents from the road in Russia. An article by the Atlantic Council, a think tank, also said that with most of the attacks failing in the recent past, it is evident that now the professionalism in ‘murder of murder’ has reduced.