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Putin Likely Didn’t Order Death Of Russian Dissident Alexei Navalny, US Intel Agencies Say

The Wall Street Journal reported that American intelligence agencies believe the killing of Russian opposition leader and dissident Alexei Navalny may not have been ordered by Russian President Vladimir Putin. reported that it was found to be high.

Navalny’s death in February in a prisoner of war camp in Russia’s Arctic region prompted the United States and other countries to impose additional sanctions on the Russian economy and stalled prisoner exchange negotiations. However, multiple U.S. intelligence agencies, including the State Department and the Central Intelligence Agency, have assessed that President Putin did not directly order Navalny’s killing. according to In WSJ. (Related article: “A very brave man” Trump praises President Putin, who was ousted after being criticized for his initial response)

TOP SHOT – Opposition leader Alexei Navalny appears on a screen installed in the courtroom of the Moscow City Court during the hearing of his appeal against the nine-year prison sentence he was sentenced to in March. Appears via video link. A hearing will be held in Moscow on May 17, 2022 on charges of embezzlement and contempt of court. Alexei Navalny as Russian authorities seek to silence remaining government critics and Russia presses ahead with a military operation in neighboring Ukraine that has left thousands dead and some 10 million displaced. A public hearing will be held. (Photo by KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP) (Photo by KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP via Getty Images)

“The idea that President Putin would not be informed and would not approve of Navalny’s murder is ridiculous,” Navalny ally Leonid Volkov said, according to the Journal. Navalny survived being poisoned with a Russian nerve agent in August 2020.

“Mr. Navalny was politically a valuable prisoner, and everyone knew that President Putin was personally invested in his fate. Such an untimely death is unlikely.” Slawomir Dembski, director of the Polish Institute of International Affairs, told WSJ.

But U.S. intelligence estimates that prisoner exchange plans could also include imprisoned Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich and former Marine Paul Whelan. Putin was not held responsible for the reported death of a Russian opposition leader. In exchange for a Russian agent accused of assassinating a Georgian dissident.

Top Shot - This pool photo distributed by Russia's state-run Sputnik shows Russian President Vladimir Putin talking with TV host and head of RIA Novosti Dmitry Kiselyov at the Kremlin in Moscow on March 12. (not shown in the photo) was interviewed.  2024.  (Photo credit: GAVRIIL GRIGOROV/POOL/AFP) (Photo credit: GAVRIIL GRIGOROV/POOL/AFP, Getty Images)

Top Shot – In this pool photo distributed by the Russian State Department Sputnik, Russian President Vladimir Putin is seen talking to TV host and head of the Russian Segodnya News Agency (RIA Novosti) Dmitry Kiselyov ( (not shown in the photo) was interviewed. 2024. (Photo credit: GAVRIIL GRIGOROV/POOL/AFP) (Photo credit: GAVRIIL GRIGOROV/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Russian authorities arrested Navalny in January 2021 on suspicion of violating probation related to a 2014 embezzlement conviction. He was later sentenced to three and a half years in prison by a Russian judge.

Navalny was sentenced to seven years in prison in July 2022 for criticizing Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The State Department and CIA did not immediately respond to DCNF’s requests for comment.

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