NPR/Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny says he believes that President Vladimir Putin had him poisoned with a rare nerve agent.

In an interview published Thursday, Navalny told the German magazine Der Spiegel that the use of the Soviet-era nerve agent Novichok meant his poisoning was orchestrated by one of Russia’s intelligence agencies. He said the heads of those agencies “cannot make a decision like that without being instructed by Putin. They report to him.”

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