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Kremlin accuses Alexei Navalny of ‘comparing himself to Jesus’

Opposition leader has a persecution complex and delusions of grandeur, says spokesman for Vladimir Putin

A Kremlin spokesman has accused the Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny of having a “persecution complex” and of “comparing himself to Jesus”, in an extended and unusual attack indicative of anger over recent revelations about the FSB domestic intelligence service.

Last week, the investigative website Bellingcat published details of the eight FSB officers who allegedly poisoned Navalny in August. Then on Monday, Navalny released a recording of a bombshell telephone call in which he tricked an FSB officer into revealing details of the alleged plot, which apparently centred on the application of novichok to the “inner seams” of Navalny’s boxer shorts. In a briefing with journalists on Tuesday, Dmitri Peskov, a spokesman for Vladimir Putin, avoided saying whether the president had heard the recording, which was published as a video by Bellingcat,but Peskov did make an extended attack on the opposition leader.

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