The alleged attempt to kill Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, pictured above at a rally in Moscow in February, has turned the spotlight on the chemical weapons convention under which the use of Novichok nerve agents is specifically banned. Photo: ReutersThe alleged attempt to kill Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, pictured above at a rally in Moscow in February, has turned the spotlight on the chemical weapons convention under which the use of Novichok nerve agents is specifically banned. Photo: Reuters
The alleged attempt to kill Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, pictured above at a rally in Moscow in February, has turned the spotlight on the chemical weapons convention under which the use of Novichok nerve agents is specifically banned. Photo: Reuters
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Poisoning of Alexei Navalny has to be last straw

  • Alleged attempt to kill Russian opposition leader with Soviet-era nerve agent Novichok must lead to the destruction of all stockpiles of chemical weapons

The alleged attempt to kill Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, pictured above at a rally in Moscow in February, has turned the spotlight on the chemical weapons convention under which the use of Novichok nerve agents is specifically banned. Photo: ReutersThe alleged attempt to kill Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, pictured above at a rally in Moscow in February, has turned the spotlight on the chemical weapons convention under which the use of Novichok nerve agents is specifically banned. Photo: Reuters
The alleged attempt to kill Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, pictured above at a rally in Moscow in February, has turned the spotlight on the chemical weapons convention under which the use of Novichok nerve agents is specifically banned. Photo: Reuters
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