How Navalny was Poisoned by Secret Agents
CNN reports that it has worked with a news organization called Bellingcat to work out how the politician was poisoned.
TOMSK, RUSSIA — CNN reports that it has worked with a news organization called Bellingcat to work out how a political opponent of Russia's president Putin was poisoned with a nerve agent called Novichok.
CNN says it obtained Russian phone, airline, and hotel records that showed the movements and communications of members of Russia's FSB who shadowed opposition politician Alexey Navalny before his poisoning in August.
According to CNN, Navalny and his team were always watched by the FSB, but a special FSB unit specializing in toxins and nerve agents started trailing him a week before the poisoning incident.
The phone of one of these agents pinged a phone tower from near Navalny's hotel on the night before he fell ill.
CNN says toxicologists believe Navalny was poisoned that night.
Navalny says he doesn't know when it could have happened, but he does remember taking a few sips from a cocktail that tasted terrible before going to his hotel room.
Toxicologists say Navalny was poisoned with Novichok, which could have been sprayed on his hotel-laundered clothes, his hotel pillow, or put in his hotel shampoo.
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