Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny recovered from a near-fatal poisoning attack last year only to again be on the brink of death while on hunger strike in a Russian prison in a bid to access medical care for his other ailments.
Member states of the global chemical watchdog voted to suspend rights and privileges of Syria’s Bashar al Assad regime, including the right to vote at the organisation.
Moscow says it will not take into account European Union's demand to free Kremlin-critic Alexey Navalny, describing the calls to protest by the opposition as "troubling".
The ruling concluded an hours-long court hearing set up at a police precinct where the opposition politician was detained after his arrest upon arrival in Moscow.
Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny has said he believed Russia's intelligence services poisoned him with a rare nerve agent because authorities saw him as a threat ahead of next year's parliamentary elections.
Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny received treatment at the Charite hospital for just over a month, of which 24 days were spent in intensive care, after tests determined he was poisoned with a Novichok nerve agent.
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights noted that nerve agents and radioactive isotopes such as Novichok and Polonium-210 were sophisticated substances that are very hard to get hold of.
Washington imposed an initial batch of sanctions last year on Moscow after determining that Moscow had used a nerve agent against a former Russian double agent, Sergei Skripal, and his daughter Yulia, in Britain, which Moscow denies.
The poisoning of a former Russian double agent, Sergai Skripal, in the British city of Salisbury stunned the world this year.
Investigative website Bellingcat named the second suspect in the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal as Alexander Yevgenyevich Mishkin who was charged by Britain last month under the name of Alexander Petrov.
Sergei Skripal, a former colonel in Russian military intelligence who betrayed dozens of agents to Britain's MI6 foreign spy service, and his daughter Yulia, were found unconscious on a public bench in the southern city of Salisbury on March 4.
Dawn Sturgess, 44, was exposed to the nerve agent, the same substance used to poison former Russian spy and his daughter in March. Meanwhile, Russia says presence of poisonous substance "danger not only for the British, but for other Europeans."
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