Russian Opposition Leader Poisoned

A Russian Opposition Leader was Poisoned with a Nerve Agent. What Really Happened?


Alexey Navalny fell ill on a flight from Siberia to Moscow on 20 August. The plane made an emergency landing in Omsk, Russia. He was rushed to a hospital in Berlin, where he was stabilized.

  • Doctors say that he was poisoned with a nerve agent.
  • Navalny is a politician, blogger, and staunch critic of the Putin regime. Most recently, he was outspoken about the illegitimacy of the Belarusian election.
  • Foreign leaders have expressed outrage about the incident.


reporting from the left side of the aisle


  • Highlights incident as a human rights issue
  • Says that Navalny was poisoned “without a shadow of a doubt”



  • Uses language like “allegedly” poisoned
  • Generally uses language that is more sympathetic to Russia and which casts doubt on the Kremlin’s role in the incident.


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© Evelyn Torsher, 2020