Putin’s opponent Navalny in hospital after suspected poison in tea

Moscow: Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been admitted to hospital in Siberia suffering symptoms of what his spokeswoman called poisoning, after his aircraft made an emergency landing.

Navalny, 44, was unconscious and in intensive care after he started feeling unwell on a flight returning to Moscow from the Siberian city of Tomsk on Thursday, said Kira Yarmysh, the spokeswoman.

Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny has been admitted to hospital with suspected poisoning, according to his spokeswoman.Credit:AP

After the plane landed, Navalny was taken to hospital with suspected poisoning, she added on social media.

"We assume that Alexei was poisoned with something mixed with his tea," she said. "That's the only thing he drank this morning."

Yarmysh drew a parallel with an incident last year in which Navalny suffered an acute allergic reaction one doctor said could have resulted from poisoning with an unknown chemical.

Navalny, a lawyer and anti-corruption activist, has served several stints in jail in recent years for organising anti-Kremlin protests.

The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that Russia's arrests and detention of Navalny in 2012 and 2014 were politically motivated and violated his human rights, a ruling Moscow called questionable.


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