Russian politician who spoke out against Ukraine war poisoning, reveals: Kremlin critic suffered severe pain, cramps and hair loss
It comes after a series of critics of Moscow have been poisoned in recent years – most notably de facto Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny (pictured), who nearly died after FSB agents smeared his underwear with Novichok in August 2020. He did not seek help from the police because he was one of the What is clear is that anyone in Russia who took an “anti-war position” quickly became “enemy number one”. ‘When the test results came back,’ said Miss Vikhareva, ‘the only phrase heard was: ‘How did you survive?’ I don’t make any assumptions, but if someone is on an anti-war stance in Russia, and can articulate his thoughts clearly about what’s going on in Russia and Ukraine, then he’s enemy number one. Read the full story:
She said she did not seek help from the police because it would be like going to a “bloody hangman”. She added, “I survived and I want my survival to upset the officials.” Potassium dichromate, a compound used in wood processing and photography, can damage organs and cause cancer, infertility, and breathing difficulties. It is harmful in contact with the skin. Miss Vikhareva hosts regular political programs on YouTube, which can still be accessed in Russia, but she stopped showing her face on camera because the poisoning affected her appearance. Read the full story:
On social media, she said her body was beginning to “give up” and she had to receive constant visits from doctors. But she has since recovered despite the poisoning that left her shaking hands, eyelashes falling out and fingernails “looking as if they had been run over by a train”. Ms. Vikhareva — who campaigned for Dmitry Gudkov, an exiled opposition politician — ran for the State Duma in 2021 but lost to a pro-Kremlin candidate amid widespread accusations of vote rigging. The Kremlin has a history of being accused of poisoning its opponents and dissidents in exile. A group of investigative journalists Bellingcat has uncovered evidence that Russian agents poisoned opposition leader Alexei Navalny. Read the full story:
Mr. Navalny was taken to a German hospital by plane after falling ill on a domestic Russian flight in August 2020. He recovered and returned to Russia where he was sentenced and convicted of fraud on contempt of court charges he described as ‘politically motivated’. Alexander Litvinenko (pictured), a former KGB agent, died after being poisoned with polonium-210 in London in 2006. And in 2021, the European Court of Human Rights found the Kremlin responsible for Mr. Litvinenko’s death. A public inquiry in the kingdom also found United states that he was killed in an operation by the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) that “maybe” was sanctioned by Putin. The Kremlin has long denied any involvement in Litvinenko’s death. Read the full story:
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