Nalvany's Team Targeted in Novosibirsk

From Radio Free Europe

Two attackers threw a glass jar with an unknown chemical liquid into an office housing the independent political coalition supported by opposition politician Aleksei Navalny's team in Russia's third-largest city, Novosibirsk.

The jar broke and the room, filled with dozens of people on September 8, was quickly filled with a sharp, acidic smell. The room was cleared immediately, but two people felt sick and an ambulance was called, Yelena Noskovets, a member of Navalny's team in the city, told RFE/RL and Current Time.

Noskovets added that the attack came as Navalny's group was giving a lecture to staff and volunteers on how to monitor regional elections scheduled for September 13.

A coordinator for Navalny's team and a member of the coalition, Sergei Boiko, warned the attack "will not save the [ruling] United Russia [party] anyway." 

Police are investigating the attack.

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