Russia's most prominent opposition leader is in a coma after suspected poisoning left him "screaming in pain" on a flight to Moscow. Alexei Navalny, 44, a long-time critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, is unconscious in intensive care in a hospital in the city of Omsk, according to his spokeswoman Kira Yarmysh.
H/T: Sky News
Mr Navalny was placed on a ventilator and is "in a coma in grave condition," Ms Yarmysh said on Twitter.
Marina Litvinenko told The Associated Press from Sicily, Italy, that it was “obvious” that Navalny would not stop trying to expose corruption or oppose the Kremlin despite numerous stays in prison or periods of house arrest.
“It was obvious he would not be stopped,” she said. “Maybe they decided to do a new tactic not to stop him just with an arrest but to stop him with poison. It looks like a new tactic against Navalny.”
Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny (@Navalny) has been reportedly poisoned, he is now in intensive care in serious condition. His spokeswoman suspects the toxin was hidden in his tea.— Anonymous 🐈⬛ (@YourAnonCentral) August 20, 2020
BREAKING: Spokeswoman says Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny poisoned, unconscious in intensive care. https://t.co/Li3JOj5Ukv— The Associated Press (@AP) August 20, 2020
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny 'poisoned' https://t.co/TOeTD1LpEp— BBC News (UK) (@BBCNews) August 20, 2020
Awful news as opposition activist Alexei Navalny appears to have been poisoned in Siberia, he's currently unconscious in hospital and on a ventilator, according to aide @Kira_Yarmysh. Head doctor confirms he is in "serious condition." https://t.co/BQDIEHm3tp— Andrew Roth (@Andrew__Roth) August 20, 2020
'Perhaps this time stakes are too high to keep #AlexeiNavalny not only free but also alive,' @leonidpetrov tells @abcAndrewG, after reports that the #Russian opposition leader is in a coma after allegedly being poisoned. #TheWorld pic.twitter.com/t5AD6gJt2C— ABC News (@abcnews) August 20, 2020
"I was also poisoned in...under controlled circumstances".— ITV News (@itvnews) August 20, 2020
Russian dissident Pyotr Verzilov has said opposition politician Alexei Navalny was 'poisoned' in similar circumstances to an experience of his own.https://t.co/ZOT8oqIgVr pic.twitter.com/cXL6FuX2ge
Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny is in serious condition at a Siberian hospital according to his spokeswoman, who suspects he was deliberately poisoned https://t.co/1mGmNw0Atj pic.twitter.com/AtMrN0YHF2— Reuters (@Reuters) August 20, 2020