Alexei Navalny, Russian opposition figure, unconscious in hospital

The Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny is unconscious in hospital after allegedly being poisoned with a toxic substance in his tea, according to his press secretary. A doctor at the hospital told the Russian state news agency Tass that Navalny was in serious condition. The opposition activist is currently on a ventilator, his press secretary, Kira Yarmish, wrote on Twitter. Navalny, 44, an outspoken critic of Russian president Vladimir Putin, was reported to be returning to Moscow by plane from Tomsk in Siberia when began to feel ill

The plane made an emergency landing in Omsk and he was taken to hospital where he was unconscious on Thursday morning in intensive care, she said. Mobile video published by several Russian news sites showed the Russian opposition leader being wheeled on a gurney from the plane to an ambulance waiting on the tarmac in Omsk.

Yarmish wrote that doctors believed Navalny had ingested a toxic subject but did not yet know what. “We assume that Alexei was poisoned with something mixed into his tea. That was the only thing he drank this morning. The doctors say that the toxin was absorbed more quickly because of the hot liquid. Right now Alexei is unconscious,” she added….

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