Alexei Navalny was poisoned with Soviet-era nerve agent: Germany

Berlin: Tests carried out on Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny showed that he was poisoned by a Novichok chemical nerve agent, the German government said, demanding explanations from Moscow.

"It is a shocking event that Alexei Navalny has become the victim of an attack with a chemical nerve agent in Russia," said government spokesman Steffen Seibert in a statement.

Tests carried out by the German army in consultation with the Charite hospital in Berlin, where Navalny is being treated, had found 'unequivocal evidence of a chemical nerve agent from the Novichok family', Seibert said.

Navalny, 44, fell ill after boarding a plane in Siberia last month.

He was initially treated in a local hospital before being flown to Berlin for treatment. Asianet Online