Russia’s opposition leader Alexei Navalny fell ill during a flight and the plane made an emergency landing in Omsk. Mr Navalny, 44, is a staunch critic of President Vladimir Putin.
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. Right now we are going to hospital.”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.”
Alexei Navalny: vociferous Putin critic
He made a name for himself by exposing official corruption, labelling Mr Putin’s United Russia as “the party of crooks and thieves”, and has served several jail terms. In 2011 he was arrested and imprisoned for 15 days following protests over vote-rigging by Mr Putin’s United Russia party in parliamentary elections. Mr Alexei Navalny also suffered a serious chemical burn to his right eye in 2017 after he was assaulted with antiseptic dye.
Last year his Anti-Corruption Foundation was officially declared a “foreign agent”, enabling the authorities to subject it to more checks.