Putin: Navalny poisoning claims stirred up by sensationalizing media

Russian President Vladimir Putin dismissed renewed allegations of Russian state involvement in the poisoning of dissident Alexei Navalny on Thursday, saying such claims have been stirred up by sensationalizing media outlets. There have always been such sensationalized stories about Russia in the Western media, Putin told his annual press conference. “It is not surprising,” he said. Navalny earlier this week said that he had been poisoned in August by a group of Russian national security officers, as evidenced by “too many coincidences” of their locations and his. Navalny, who laboratories in G…

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