Russian opponent Alexei Navalni was urgently hospitalized in the city of Omsk after allegedly poisoning on his return flight from the Siberian city of Tomsk to Moscow, members of his environment said on Thursday.
“Navalni returned to Moscow from Tomsk this morning. He felt bad during the flight. The plane landed in Omsk if necessary. Alexei is intoxicated. We are going to a hospital by ambulance,” said the spokeswoman for his foundation, Kira Yarmish, in Twitter
The spokesman, who stated that the opponent was “unconscious”, assumed that “he would have been poisoned with a substance that was added to his tea, the only thing he took in the morning”. “Doctors say the toxin was absorbed faster with a hot liquid,” he added, according to the Russian agency Sputnik. Yarmish then stated that “Alexei is in the intensive care unit”.
For his part, Alexander Murajovski, the chief doctor of the Omsk hospital to which he was admitted, acknowledged that the opposition leader is “in serious condition” according to the Russian agency Tass.
Navalni has become the most visible face of the opposition to Russian President Vladimir Putin in recent years. He led numerous protests and was repeatedly arrested.