Canada condemns poisoning of Putin critic in Russia, Champagne says

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Champagne says Canada and the international community will continue to stand with Navalny and his family in their search for answers and justice.

“We strongly condemn this outrageous attack. Russian authorities must explain what happened so that those responsible may be held to account without delay,” Champagne’s statement says.

“The use of chemical weapons is abhorrent and unacceptable.”

Navalny, a politician and corruption investigator who is one of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s fiercest critics, fell ill on a flight back to Moscow from Siberia on Aug. 20 and was taken to a hospital in the Siberian city of Omsk after the plane made an emergency landing.

This file photo taken July 20, 2019 shows Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny speaking with journalists during a rally to support opposition and independent candidates after authorities refused to register them for September elections to the Moscow City Duma, in Moscow. Photo by Maxim Zmeyev /AFP via Getty Images

He was later transferred to Berlin’s Charite hospital, where doctors last week said there were indications that he had been poisoned.

The Kremlin remained tight-lipped and said it hadn’t been informed of the findings, even though its ambassador in Berlin had been summoned.

“Such information hasn’t been relayed to us,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told the state Tass news agency.

The German government has said it will inform its partners in the European Union and NATO about the test results.

— With files from The Associated Press