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Angela Merkel. The German government accuses the Russian government of trying to assassinate the opposition Navalny and demands a thorough investigation. AFP

The Germans expelled a Russian foreign service official in Germany today. The government did so in retaliation for the expulsion of three diplomats from Russia three days ago.

Spiegel discusses the matter.

Relations between nations seem to be deteriorating. The Germans have made a clear demand for the release of Alexei Navalny, but the Russians, who are known to have not complied with it.

Russia accuses German diplomats in Russia of participating in illegal protests in the country over Navalny’s arrest.

Chancellor Merkel and President Putin this year 2014. YURI KADOBNOV

Navalny, the leader of Russia’s most powerful opposition movement, was arrested as soon as he returned to Russia in January.

He had previously been hospitalized in Berlin after being poisoned on a plane. The German government accuses the Russian government of having committed the coup and demands a thorough investigation.

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