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President Joe Biden on Tuesday spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the phone for the first time since his inauguration, raising a number of topics of concern for the US, according to a readout of the call from the White House. 

The president pressed Putin on “the SolarWinds hack, reports of Russia placing bounties on United States soldiers in Afghanistan, interference in the 2020 United States election, and the poisoning of Aleksey Navalny.” The Russian government has denied any involvement in the above issues.

Navalny, who is Putin’s most prominent critic, was recently arrested in Moscow after returning to Russia from Germany, where he was receiving treatment after being poisoned last August in Siberia. There have been mass protests in Russia over Navalny’s arrest. The Biden administration has called on the Russian government to release Navalny and people arrested in protest of his detention.

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