BBC: Leader Of Russian Opposition In Coma After Being Poisoned

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Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny is hospitalized and in a coma following a suspected poisoning.

According to a spokesperson for Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny, the leader is unconscious in the hospital after a suspected poisoning, BBC News reported Thursday.

  • The outlet reported that the “anti-corruption campaigner fell ill during a flight and the plane made an emergency landing in Omsk, where doctors said he was in a coma and they were trying to save his life.”
  • Navalny’s team suspects someone put something into his tea at an airport cafe.
  • BBC News reported that “Navalny, 44, has for years been among President Vladimir Putin's staunchest critics.”

In June he described a vote on constitutional reforms as a "coup" and a "violation of the constitution". The reforms allow Mr Putin to serve another two terms in office, after the four terms he has already had.

  • “Kira Yarmysh, the press secretary for the Anti-Corruption Foundation, which Mr Navalny founded in 2011,” said in a tweet: "This morning Navalny was returning to Moscow from Tomsk. During the flight, he felt ill. The plane made an urgent landing in Omsk. Alexei has toxic poisoning."

She added: "We suspect that Alexei was poisoned by something mixed into [his] tea. It was the only thing he drank since morning.

"Doctors are saying that the toxic agent absorbed faster through the hot liquid. Right now Alexei is unconscious."

  • After the initial reports of suspected poisoning, “the deputy head physician of the hospital later told media that it was not certain Mr Navalny had been poisoned, although poisoning was ‘naturally’ one of the diagnoses being considered,” the outlet reported.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov later said it wished the critic a speedy recovery - as it would all citizens in such circumstances - and that the authorities would consider approving treatment abroad if it were requested.

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