'Novichok' as Political Instrument

Comparative Politics Seminar
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Dr. Yevgenia Albats, leading Russian investigative journalist and Davis Center Senior Scholar speaks with Christo Grozev, lead investigator at Bellingcat, about the poisoning of Alexey Navalny.

Bellingcat is an investigative journalism platform that specializes in the use of open-source intelligence. In mid-December Bellingcat identified a long-running FSB operation to trail Russian opposition figure Alexey Navalny which included a number of chemical weapons experts involved in the research and development of Novichok. Bellingcat representatives also witnessed the phone call between Navalny and one of the men apparently engaged in the clean-up operation after the poisoning, and confirmed key allegations confirming the overall plausibility of the confession.

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