Politics

August 20, 2020

Kremlin's critic Alexei Navalny in coma after 'poisoning'

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The Gist

According to Navalny's spokeswoman, the opposition politician may have been poisoned by a toxic substance in his tea.

The List

  • Navalny fell ill on a flight from Tomsk to Moscow on Thursday - he lost after drinking a cup of tea at the airport. 
  • After an emergency landing, Navalny was taken to a hospital in the nearby city of Omsk, he was then placed on a respirator. 
  • "We assume that Alexey was poisoned with something mixed into the tea. It was the only thing that he drank in the morning", the spokeswoman said. 
  • Navalny is a staunch critic of Putin, he described constitutional reforms that will allow Putin to stay in office for two more terms as a "coup". 
  • A. Kalichenko, the deputy head of the hospital in Omsk, said the doctors "are currently engaged in the process of saving his life". 

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