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Pompeo: Moscow ‘poisoned’ Navalny CAMPAIGNER FOR NAVALNY BEATEN UP


Washington, Sept. 10: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday there was a strong chance Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s poisoning was ordered by senior officials in Moscow. “I think people all around the world see this kind of activity for what it is,” Pompeo said in a radio interview.

“And when they see the effort to poison a dissident, and they recognise that there is a substantia­l chance that this actually came from senior Russian officials, I think this is not good for the Russian people,” he told conservati­ve host Ben Shapiro.

Navalny, the most visible critic of President Vladimir Putin within Russia, fell violently ill last month as he took a flight in Siberia. He was flown for treatment to Germany, where doctors said he was poisoned. Pompeo reiterated that the United States and its European allies all wanted Russia to “hold those responsibl­e for this accountabl­e” and said Washington would also try to identify the perpetrato­rs.

“It’s something that we’ll take a look at, we’ll evaluate, and we’ll make sure we do our part to do whatever we can to reduce the risk that things like

Moscow, Sept. 10: Unidentifi­ed attackers beat up an activist campaignin­g for hospitalis­ed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny in the Urals city of Chelyabins­k, his colleagues said Thursday.

Alexei Baraboshki­n, the local coordinato­r for Navalny, was “assaulted by unknown attackers" late Wednesday after receiving threats for several weeks, his campaign office wrote on Telegram. It posted a picture of him with a bruised and bleeding eye. Navalny is being treated in Germany for poisoning with Novichok in an incident that has sparked internatio­nal condemnati­on and the threat of sanctions against Russia. this happen again.”

Pompeo’s remarks come despite President Donald Trump's comment last week that he had seen no proof that Navalny was poisoned. Trump has sought warmer relations with Putin.

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