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Navalny poisoning fits pattern of behaviour in Putin’s Russia

Opposition activist is latest Kremlin critic to be exposed to toxic substance

in Moscow

However, Tatiana Stanovaya, founder of political consultancy R Politik, said the Kremlin would view the death of Mr Navalny in suspicious circumstances as a “nightmare scenario” because it would be a “dangerous kind of provocation that would spark protests”. Instead, she wrote on the messaging app Telegram, “Navalny could have been poisoned by anyone from a long list of ill-wishers. He has garnered hundreds of enemies in the past few years, including some hardened individuals.”

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