The U.S. Senate is currently holding a hearing featuring the testimony of Vladimir Kara-Murza, who survived an assassination attempt by Vladimir Putin.
Vladimir Vladimirovich Kara-Murza was the deputy leader of the People’s Freedom Party between 2015 and 2016, which is chiefly opposed the policies of Russian President Vladimir Putin. While in power, he frequently criticized Putin’s regime, and was first poisoned in 2015. After recovering, Kara-Murza continued his activism, and is currently Vice Chairman of the group Open Russia, which advocates for social justice in the Russian Federation.
In February, Kara-Murza was poisoned again, and slipped into a coma. He barely survived, depending on artificial respiration to keep his body functioning during the coma, and recently regained consciousness earlier this month.
“I knew straightaway what it was because this was the second time in two years that this happened, and it, and it began almost identically in the same way,” Kara-Murza told NBC News at the time.
On Wednesday, Kara-Murza was invited to testify before the Senate Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs. Watch the proceedings via the livestream below, courtesy of The Hill:
WATCH LIVE: Outspoken Putin critic Vladimir Kara-Murza, who just woke up from a coma after being poisoned for the second time, testifies before Congress on Russia.
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