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Russian opposition leader ‘poisoned’ midair

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny is unconscious in hospital suffering from suspected poisoning.

The anti-corruption campaigner fell ill during a flight and the plane made an emergency landing in Omsk.

Kira Yarmysh, the press secretary for the Anti-Corruption Foundation, which Mr Navalny founded in 2011, tweeted: “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.”



Ms Yarmysh later tweeted that Mr Navalny was on a ventilator and in a coma

Mr Navalny, 44, has been a staunch critic of President Vladimir Putin.

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.