Breaking : Russian Opposition Politician Navalny Poisoned

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS (DARIA LITVINOVA)August 20, 2020, 1:17 AM EDTUpdated on August 20, 2020, 2:42 AM EDT

Bloomberg

Moscow (AP) — Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny is in a coma and on a ventilator in a hospital intensive care unit in Siberia after falling ill from suspected poisoning during a flight, his spokeswoman said Thursday morning.

The 44-year-old foe of Russia’s President Vladimir Putin felt unwell on a flight back to Moscow from Tomsk, a city in Siberia, Kira Yarmysh said on Twitter.

She said the plane made an emergency landing in Omsk, Siberia, and that Navalny was suffering from “toxic poisoning.”

“He is in a coma in grave condition,” she said on Twitter.

She also told the Echo Moskvy radio station that Navalny was sweating and asked her to talk to him so that he could “focus on a sound of a voice.” He then went to the bathroom and lost consciousness.

Yarmysh said the politician must have consumed something from tea he drank earlier in the morning.

“Doctors are saying the toxin was absorbed quicker with hot liquid,” she tweeted, adding that Navalny’s team called police to the hospital.

Russia’s state news agency Tass reported that the politician is in grave condition, citing the chief doctor at the hospital.

Last year, Navalny was rushed to a hospital from prison where he was serving a sentence following an administrative arrest, with what his team said was suspected poisoning. Doctors then said he had a severe allergic attack and discharged him back to prison the following day.

Navalny’s Foundation for Fighting Corruption has been exposing graft among government officials, including some at the highest level. Last month, the politician had to shut the foundation after a financially devastating lawsuit from Yevgeny Prigozhin, a businessman with close ties to the Kremlin.

Like many other opposition politicians in Russia, Navalny has been frequently detained by law enforcement and harassed by pro-Kremlin groups. In 2017, he was attacked by several men who threw antiseptic in his face, damaging one eye.

The most prominent member of Russia’s opposition, Navalny campaigned to challenge Putin in the 2018 presidential election, but was barred from running.

He set up a network of campaign offices across Russia and has since been putting forward opposition candidates in regional elections, challenging members of Russia’s ruling party, United Russia.

In the interview with Echo Moskvy, Yarmysh said she believed the suspected poisoning was connected to this year’s regional election campaign.

Vyacheslav Gimadi, a lawyer with Navalny’s foundation, said the team is requesting Russia’s Investigative Committee open a criminal probe.

“There is no doubt that Navalny was poisoned because of his political stance and activity,” Gimadi said in a tweet on Thursday.

10 comments

  • The tiny poisoner strikes again.

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  • This is very sad that Put-In is poisoning another political rival. The little KGB poisoner can’t debate because he doesn’t have the knowledge or courage, he just orders the death of any opponent. By now, everyone knows, if Prigozhin wants you dead it’s just a matter of time.

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    • I do not like this guy, but he is still 1000 times better than putler and I feel sorry for his awful predicament. He did not deserve this terrible attack.

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      • It is very hard to like any Russian. I have to give it to him though, he was a thorn in the tiny fascist’s side and for that he has my respect. He will be another Martyr like Nemtsov.

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        • Nemtsov was a truly great Russian, whose stature increases with time, like Anna Politkovskaya and Alexandr Litvinenko.
          Although I feel very sorry for Navalny and feel humbled by his bravery, unfortunately he’s not in the same league as the ones above. He’s an extreme nationalist/Russian supremacist who would not give Crimea back and described Georgians as cockroaches in 2008.
          There is only one Russian left who could lead them out of fascism : Garyk Kasparov. Sadly it will never happen. There may be someone else somewhere, who knows?
          Gary wrote a great book in 2015: Winter is Coming: Why Vladimir Putin and the Enemies of the Free World Must Be Stopped. Whoever wins in November simply must read this book.

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  • Navalny drunk only one cup of tea for the flight.: says his assistant. Never drink tea in Russia………….he had to know!

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  • англійський масон

    You keep telling them not to drink the Tea, but do they listen!

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  • Poisonings, contract killings, people falling out of windows, doped athletes and mercenaries… That’s RuSSia for you!

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  • “The state-run TASS news agency cited a law enforcement official as saying that so far investigators are not considering that Navalny was poisoned intentionally.”

    Nope, the polonium accidentally fell out of the pocket of Putin’s contract killer into Navalny’s tea. A couple chechen scapegoats will be arrested, as in the case of Nemtsov, while the dwarf crosses out another enemy off his list. Just surprised Putin took so long to get around to Navalny.

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