Paris (AFP)

What do we know about the opposition in Russia and the poisoning of Alexey Navalny?

Who is this fierce opponent of President Vladimir Putin?

"Poutine's poison", a documentary podcast launched Thursday by Agence France-Presse (AFP), relates the saga around this figure of the Russian opposition.

Between testimonies, reports and sound archives from AFPTV's video production, this podcast in five episodes "brings back to life the twists and turns worthy of a spy novel that have followed one another for more than a year around Alexeï Navalny" , indicates the press agency in a press release.

At the origin of this series produced in English and French, four AFP journalists based in Moscow and Paris - Antoine Boyer, Sarah-Lou Lepers, Jonathan Brown, Andrea Palasciano - explored this page of Russian history. and collected exclusive leading testimonials.

Among these, we find that of the former UN rapporteur on the poisoning Agnès Callamard, the vice-president of the Duma (lower house of the Russian Parliament) Piotr Tolstoy, the poisoned opponent Vladimir Kara-Murza or those of activists and academics.

The first episode in English is broadcast on Thursday then will follow each day until Sunday the three following episodes.

In particular, they will be available as a special issue on AFP's "Sur le Fil" podcast stream.

The French version of the podcast will be broadcast on September 18 and 19, at the rate of two episodes per day, on the occasion of the parliamentary elections in Russia.

A fifth part, looking to the future, will be broadcast in October.

"Poutine's Poison" will also be available on the website of the European Data News Hub (, a consortium of European media devoted to major subjects debated in the EU.

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