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Russian opposition leader Aleksei Navalny, who was poisoned by Novichok last month, is now awake and regaining his abilities.

The state of play: Navalny wrote in an Instagram post on Tuesday morning, "I can still do almost nothing, but yesterday I could breathe the entire day by myself," per a New York Times translation.

  • The Times notes that Navalny, who's been recovering in a German hospital, has spoken with a German prosecutor over the case. He is declining to cooperate with a Russian inquiry.

Driving the news: Navalny is one of Russian President Vladimir Putin's most vocal foes. Novichok is often seen as a calling card for Russian security services.

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Facebook takes down dueling French, Russian online influence campaigns in Africa

Faustin-Archange Touadera, president of the Central African Republic, gives a speech at a campaign rally in Bangui, Central African Republic, Dec. 12, 2020. Photo: Xinhua/André Bâ via Getty Images

Facebook took down three networks of accounts that were waging online influence campaigns in Africa, which researchers linked to an infamous Russian troll farm and the French military.

Why it matters: The report offers an unusual look into an antagonistic online influence campaign that pitted two adversaries against each other in real time.

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Why fears of a SPAC bubble may be overblown

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The SPAC surge continues unabated, with 10 new ones formed since Wednesday morning. And that's OK.

Between the lines: There are growing concerns that retail investors are about to get rolled, with smart sponsors taking advantage of dumb money.