A quick refresher from Bellingcat (fantastic investigative journalism site, check 'em out):
On 20 August 2020, Russian opposition activist Alexey Navalny collapsed into a coma during a flight from the Siberian city of Tomsk to Moscow, resulting in an emergency landing and his hospitalization in the town of Omsk. Local doctors and medical specialists flown in from Moscow claimed that they found no signs of severe poisoning. Two days later, Navalny was evacuated to the German Charite hospital where he was promptly diagnosed with severe poisoning with a cholinesterase inhibitor.
Naturally, everyone looked immediately towards Putin & his FSB goon squad (Russia's Federal security service) as the culprits in the assassination attempt, but they denied, denied, denied. "Who, us?! Wha? Even though this is sort of our modus operandi? With multiple examples? haha Noooo, never! We're innocent! ha ha"
It was a real whodunit (despite everyone knowing whodunit) so who could get to the bottom of it & find out for sure, with proof?
Navalny himself. With a honkin' set of nuts & a casual phone call to one of the guys who poisoned him. As he pretended to be a Russian government official…
He rang up FSB agent Konstantin Kudryavtsev & made him think he was speaking with a Russian National Security Council big-wig for a debriefing on what went wrong, AKA why Navalny didn't die, and Navalny wound up getting the who, what, when, where & why before identifying himself & hanging up. I imagine Kudryavtsev's butthole in that moment was extremely puckered since Putin & crew will likely be a little pissed he spilled the beans directly to the target on a recorded, unsecured line & is now viral around the globe.
You can see the whole thing play out like a crazy, international Dateline episode complete with English subtitles here:
Knowing the FSB trailed him patiently for YEARS before putting that poison in his boxers (and I'm guessing there were other attempts) I find it wild that Navalny is so fearless in exposing all this info & continuing to shit on Putin. Whereas I would free-ball in my pants the rest of my life if my underpants almost killed me, this guy is continuing to strap those suckers on each day & go after evil in zero-fucks-left-to-give mode. Godspeed, sir, Godspeed.
You can hear more about this case on today's special holiday episode of ZeroBlog30. We've got our best interviews of the year, a great list of military/holiday song mashups from our listeners & all the top mil/govt news of the day as told in a light, fun way. Perfect for a holiday road trip or zoning out in your cubicle as you count down the hours til break!