PUTIN CRITIC ALEXEI NAVALNY IN COMA AFTER ‘POISONING’
The Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was in intensive care in a Siberian hospital on Thursday after he fell ill in what his spokeswoman said was a suspected poisoning, Anna Malpas wrote for the Agence France-Presse (AFP) late on August 20, 2020.
Navalny, a 44-year-old lawyer and anti-corruption campaigner who is among President Vladimir Putin's fiercest critics, was being treated in a hospital in the city of Omsk after he lost consciousness on a flight to Moscow and his plane made an emergency landing.
His spokeswoman Kira Yarmysh wrote on Twitter that Navalny had been placed in a coma on a ventilator and that tests were being carried out. "Alexei has toxic poisoning," she wrote. "Alexei is now in intensive care. I'm sure it was intentional poisoning," she told the Echo of Moscow radio station. State news agency TASS reported that Navalny was in the intensive care unit for toxicology patients in Omsk Emergency Hospital No. 1. "He is in a serious condition," the hospital's chief doctor Alexander Murakhovsky told TASS.
Navalny endured chemical burns to his eye in 2017 when attackers threw green dye used as a disinfectant at his face outside his office. In August last year Navalny suffered rashes and his face became swollen while he was in a police detention center serving a short term for calling for illegal protests.