Russian politician in coma in ICU after alleged poisoning

Political foe of President Vladimir Putin taken to the hospital after consuming tea at an airport cafe before a flight.


World News

August 20, 2020 - 10:07 AM

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny is in a coma and on a ventilator in an intensive care unit in Siberia after falling ill from suspected poisoning that his allies believe is linked to his political activity. 

The 44-year-old critic of Russia’s President Vladimir Putin felt unwell on a flight back to Moscow from Tomsk, a city in Siberia, and was taken to a hospital after the plane made an emergency landing in Omsk, Navalny’s spokeswoman, Kira Yarmysh, said on Twitter. 

She told the Echo Moskvy radio station that he must have consumed something from tea he drank at an airport cafe before boarding the plane early today. During the flight, Navalny started sweating and asked her to talk to him so that he could “focus on the sound of a voice.” He then went to the bathroom and lost consciousness, and has been in a coma in grave condition ever since. 

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