Alexei Navalny, Voice Of Russia’s Opposition, Is Hospitalized In Possible Poisoning
Recent high-profile cases include the use of a Novichok nerve agent to poison former KGB spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in the U.K. But Navalny’s possible poisoning also brings to mind the targeted killing of Kremlin critic and former spy Alexander Litvinenko, who died after drinking tea that was laced with polonium-210 in a London hotel.
But experts also note that because of his repeated successes in exposing corruption among high-ranking government officials and state-controlled companies, Navalny has a long list of enemies in Russia.
“Navalny could have been poisoned by anyone from a long list of ill-wishers,” Russian political analyst Tatiana Stanovaya said. “He’s garnered hundreds of enemies in the past few years, including some hardened individuals. And times are such that the cost of doing something like this barely matters.”