“We suspect that Alexei was poisoned by one thing combined into his tea. It was the one factor he drank since morning,” Navalny press secretary Kira Yarmysh tweeted.
KYIV — Russian opposition chief and perennial Kremlin foe Alexei Navalny is in a coma after being poisoned Thursday morning, his press secretary Kira Yarmysh stated.
Navalny, 44, a staunch critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, fell unwell on a flight from the Siberian metropolis of Tomsk to Moscow, Yarmysh stated.
“The aircraft made an pressing touchdown in Omsk. Alexei has poisonous poisoning. Proper now we’re going to the hospital,” Yarmysh tweeted.
Russia’s TASS information company reported that the Omsk Emergency Hospital had confirmed Navalny’s admission and that his situation was severe.
“We suspect that Alexei was poisoned by one thing combined into his tea. It was the one factor he drank since morning,” Yarmysh wrote in one other tweet. “Docs are saying that the poisonous agent absorbed quicker by means of the recent liquid. Proper now Alexei is unconscious.”
Yarmysh stated Navalny was in a coma and positioned on a ventilator in an intensive care unit. Anatoliy Kalinichenko, the Omsk physician treating Navalny, advised reporters that he’s in steady however severe situation, in keeping with a video tweeted by Yarmysh. Kalinichenko declined to verify whether or not Navalny was in a coma or give particulars about his prognosis.
Photographs and video printed on-line captured the sequence of occasions.
On Instagram, a person named Pavel Lebedev, who was on the identical flight as Navalny, printed an image of the opposition chief sipping tea on the Tomsk airport earlier than takeoff.
In a video Lebedev filmed aboard the flight that was additionally printed on the Mash Telegram channel, a person stated to be Navalny might be heard screaming. Lebedev wrote on Instagram that Navalny went to the aircraft’s toilet after takeoff and by no means got here out.
A second video printed by Mash seems to exhibits an motionless Navalny being loaded onto a gurney after the aircraft made touched down in Omsk.
An area information outlet printed a video of him being put into an ambulance on the tarmac of the Omsk airport.
Navalny, a lawyer and distinguished anti-corruption campaigner, has been a thorn within the aspect of Putin and the face of the Russian opposition for a decade. In that point, he has been attacked, crushed, and jailed for varied infractions, together with calling for unauthorized protests and embezzlement. He has denounced all prices in opposition to him as political.
In July 2019, whereas serving a 30-day jail time period for organizing unauthorized protests, he fell unwell and was identified with “contact dermatitis.” However he stated he thought he had been poisoned. His private physician additionally stated he could have been uncovered to an unknown “poisonous agent.”
In June this yr, Navalny described a controversial vote on modifications to Russia’s structure that was pushed by Putin as a “coup” and a “violation of the structure.” The modifications, which had been accredited in a nationwide referendum, permit Putin to serve one other two phrases in workplace and lead the nation till 2036.