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The leading Putin enemy Alexei Navalny "is poisoned" and hospitalized


Alexei Navalny, Vladimir Putin's arch-rival and critic, was hospitalized unconscious after apparently being poisoned.

The lawyer and anti-corruption fighter fell ill on a flight from Tomsk to Moscow and forced the plane to make an emergency landing in the Siberian city of Omsk.

The video shows the Navalny being taken off the plane and into a waiting ambulance before being taken to the intensive care unit.

He is now in a coma and is on a ventilator. Doctors say his condition is "serious," said press secretary Kira Yarmysh.

Alexei Navalny, arch-rival and critic of Valdimir Putin, was hospitalized after apparently being poisoned (pictured Navalny being taken to an ambulance).

Navalny spokeswoman Kira Yarmysh suspects poison was added to a cup of tea he drank at the airport

Navalny spokeswoman Kira Yarmysh suspects poison was added to a cup of tea he drank at the airport

Yarmysh said she suspects poison was added to the tea he drank at the airport, in an image that is rife on social media.

How Alexei Navalny was punished for defying Putin

2011: Navalny is arrested and detained for 15 days for resisting an official after leading protests in Moscow

2012: Detained 15 days after leading a protest against Putin after the presidential election. His home is then searched and some of his private emails are put online

2013: On trial for embezzlement on allegations of attempting to steal wood from a state company. He is convicted and sentenced to five years but released on bail. The conviction is then overturned

2014: Placed under house arrest, tried again for embezzlement alongside Brother Oleg. Here too the conviction is canceled

2017: He is convicted again in the first corruption case and sentenced to repayment of millions of rubles in compensation in the second

As he leaves his office, a pro-Kremlin activist throws green disinfectant in his face and partially hides him

2018: Arrested twice for leading protests against presidential elections. He wasn't allowed to enter. A total of 50 days in prison

2019: Arrested and detained for a total of 40 days for leading protests during the Moscow Duma elections. While he was in prison, he was hospitalized and suffered from what is known as an allergic reaction. Others believe he was poisoned

2020: Navalny is taken unconscious to the hospital and put on a ventilator after falling ill on a flight. His allies say he was poisoned

The manager of the Vienna cafe at Tomsk Airport, where the picture was taken, said the employee who served Navalny the drink could not now be found.

The cafe has closed and an investigation is ongoing, the manager said.

Medical professionals have made a preliminary diagnosis of "toxic poisoning," but test results are not yet available.

Yarmysh wrote from his ambulance: “We assume that Alexei was poisoned with something that was mixed with the tea. It was the only thing he drank in the morning.

Doctors say the toxin was absorbed faster by the hot liquid. Alexey is now passed out. & # 39;

She added: “This morning Navalny returned from Tomsk to Moscow. He felt sick on the flight.

"The plane made an emergency landing in Omsk."

Navalny is considered Putin's most charismatic and potentially dangerous enemy.

He has been subject to constant legal assault and served a number of prison terms.

His anti-corruption organization has been labeled a "foreign agent" by the Russian authorities.

Police have repeatedly raided his offices and this is not the first time Navalny has suffered a physical attack.

In 2017, he was left partially blind in one eye after attackers tossed green dye used as a disinfectant on his face outside his office.

In August last year, he suffered rashes and swollen face when he was in police custody at short notice asking for illegal protests.

He was rushed to the hospital where doctors said he had an allergic reaction, but Navalny asked for an investigation into the poisoning.

He was poisoned in police custody. I am sure the same thing has happened now. They are different symptoms, obviously a different drug, ”Yarmysh said.

She told the radio station that she met Navalny to go to the airport in the Siberian city of Tomsk on Thursday morning when he seemed "perfectly fine".

"He only had black tea at the airport," she said.

Navalny (file picture) was on a flight from Tomsk to Moscow when he suddenly fell ill and forced the plane to make an emergency landing in Omsk

Navalny (file picture) was on a flight from Tomsk to Moscow when he suddenly fell ill and forced the plane to make an emergency landing in Omsk

Navalny was passed out when he was removed from the plane and had to be put on a ventilator. He is now in a coma and doctors say his condition is "serious".

Navalny was passed out when he was removed from the plane and had to be put on a ventilator. He is now in a coma and doctors say his condition is "serious".

"Immediately after takeoff, he passed out pretty quickly."

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has accused Navalny of fermenting the protests in his country without providing any evidence.

In a recent revelation, Navalny claimed that Putin's ecology chief Svetlana Radionova is linked to a luxury real estate business and that her wealth cannot be explained.

Navalny has vowed to overthrow Putin and replace him as president.

His spokesman said that after the plane took off in Tomsk, Navalny, 44, he felt unwell and asked me for a napkin, he was sweating.

He asked me to speak to him because he had to focus on the sound of the voice. I talked to him, then they brought a cart with water.

I asked if water would help, he said no. Then he went to the bathroom and passed out afterwards. & # 39;

Navalny has pledged to overthrow Vladimir Putin - who recently passed a law allowing him to rule for another eight years - from power and take his place

Navalny has pledged to overthrow Vladimir Putin – who recently passed a law allowing him to rule for another eight years – from power and take his place

It was later reported that Navalny had regained consciousness in the intensive care unit but "had difficulty speaking".

Alexander Murakhovsky, the chief physician who treated Navalny, rated his condition as "serious".

Separately, TVK reported, citing the Ministry of Health in Omsk, that he had remained unconscious.

This contradicted an earlier report that he had stopped by. Tomsk Navalny Coordinator Kseniya Fadeeva told Open Media: "He was perfectly fine before drinking tea at Tomsk Airport."

Vyacheslav Gimadi, a lawyer with the Navalny Foundation, said the team is calling on the Russian investigative committee to open a criminal investigation.

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

Navalny is not the first opposition figure to suffer mysterious poisoning.

In 2018, Pyotr Verzilow, a member of the Russian protest group Pussy Riot, landed in an intensive care unit after suspected poisoning and had to be flown to Berlin for treatment.

Opposition activist Vladimir Kara-Murza was hospitalized twice with symptoms of intoxication – in 2015 and 2017.

Both said they believed they were poisoned for their political activities.

THE THORN IN PUTINS PAGE: WHO IS ALEXEI NAVALNY?

Alexei Navalny was born in 1976 to a mother and father who owned a basketwork south of Moscow. He spent his childhood between Russia and Ukraine, where his father's family lives.

In 1998 he graduated from Peoples' Friendship University in Russia with a law degree and then studied finance.

While he was politically active in opposition circles from 2000, Navalny was there first He first became known in 2008 when he bought shares in large Russian state-owned companies and asked awkward questions about their finances at board meetings.

He also started blogging about alleged corruption in the companies and relating them to officials in Vladimir Putin's government.

In 2010 he received a scholarship for the World Fellows Program at Yale University and spent a semester in the USA.

Return to Russia in 2011, He urged followers on his blog and social media to vote against Putin's "United Russia" party in the general election.

The party won, but by a sharply reduced majority, and the victory was marred by allegations of election fraud and anti-corruption protests.

Navalny carried out mass demonstrations against Putin in the run-up to the 2012 presidential elections and was arrested several times.

Putin easily won the election, and shortly afterwards the Russian investigative committee opened an investigation into Navalny.

In 2013 he was charged with embezzlement, convicted and sentenced to five years in prison – a punishment that he condemned as political.

To the surprise of many, he was released on bail so that he could run as head of the newly formed Progress Party in the Moscow mayoral elections against Putin's ally Sergey Sobyanin.

Navalny is pictured with his supporters in Tomsk just before he fell ill

Navalny is pictured with his supporters in Tomsk just before he fell ill

Navalny lost the vote and received 27 percent of the vote. However, this was viewed as an unexpected success as it was effectively banned from appearing on television.

The following year, Navalny was placed under house arrest before his embezzlement convictions were overturned by the Russian Supreme Court following a similar ruling by the EU.

In 2016, he announced his intention to run against Putin in the 2018 elections and induced Russian prosecutors to re-convict him on corruption charges.

He was then convicted, which means that he was automatically excluded from the election.

In 2017, he was left partially blind in one eye after attackers tossed green dye used as a disinfectant on his face outside his office.

In August last year, he suffered rashes and swollen face when he was in police custody at short notice asking for illegal protests.

He was rushed to the hospital where doctors said he had an allergic reaction, but Navalny asked for an investigation into the poisoning.

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