Russia: Opposition leader unconscious and in hospital after apparently being poisoned

Russian opposition leader Alexi Navalny is unconscious and in hospital after apparently being poisoned, his spokeswoman said Thursday.


Kira Yarmysh said Navalny was flying from Siberia to Moscow and his plane made an emergency landing after he fell ill.


Yarmysh told Echo of Moscow popular Radio Station; I’m sure it was international poisoning the 44 year-old, known for his anti-corruption campaigns against top officials and out spoken criticism of President Vladimir Putin, has suffered physical attacks in the past.


He endured chemical burns to his eye in 2017 when attackers threw green dye used as a disinfectant at his face outside his office.


In August last year Navalny suffered rashes and his face became swollen while he was in a police detention centre serving.


He has been the target of multiple criminal probes while his anti-corruption Foundation is regularly raised by police and investigators.


He has served numerous terms in police cells for organising illegal protests, a short term for calling for illegal protests.

He has been the target of multiple criminal probes while his anti-Corruption Foundation is regularly raided by police and investigators.
He has served numerous terms in police cells for organising illegal protests.



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