Russian President Vladimir Putin isn’t so much a “president” as he is a “dictator”. And by “dictator”, we really mean that he’s a Bond Villain in human form.
Putin doesn’t suffer fools or hearty critics, the latter also being the former on account of how foolish an idea it is to cross Putin. This is a man who rules with an iron fist, and whose tentacles span much of the globe.
He’s the big bad guy in the global community, and for good reason.
Now, doctors in Germany are revealing that one of Putin’s most outspoken critics has been poisoned with a very specific nerve agent that is said to be the calling card of the KGB.
The German government said Wednesday there is now “unequivocal evidence” Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny was poisoned with a chemical nerve agent from the Novichok group.
A special military laboratory in Germany has carried out toxicology tests using samples from Navalny, who was airlifted to Berlin’s Charité hospital on August 22 after falling unwell in Tomsk, a city in Siberia. At noon on Wednesday, Chancellor Angela Merkel discussed the lab results with senior ministers and concluded that Novichok, a chemical weapon first developed by Soviet scientists, was used.
It doesn’t appear as though Putin is going to get a pass on this, either.
“The federal government condemns this attack in the strongest possible terms,” government spokesman Steffen Seibert said in a statement. Berlin will now push for an “appropriate joint reaction” with NATO and EU capitals to the poisoning, he added.
This is the same agent used in the attempted assassination of Sergei Skripal back in 2018, committed by Russian agents in Great Britain.
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