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Mercury spill called accidental

October 24, 2008|TIMES WIRE REPORTS

French police suggested that mercury found in the car of a Russian lawyer who defends Kremlin foes was spilled accidentally.

Karina Moskalenko has said she fears the mercury might have been planted to frighten or poison her.

A Paris police official said the mercury in the car in Strasbourg, France, came from a barometer that broke while being transported by the car's previous owner, an antiques dealer.

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