German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks to media during a statement about latest developments in the case of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020. (Photo: AP)
German Chancellor Angela Merkel says Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was the victim of an ``attempted murder by poisoning'' and the aim was to silence him.
Testing by a German military lab determined that Navalny was poisoned with the Soviet-era nerve agent Novichok.
After that finding was announced Wednesday, Merkel said there are ``very serious questions that only the Russian government can answer and must answer.''
Navalny is one of Russian President Vladimir Putin's fiercest critics.