Alexey Navalny unconscious and hospitalized after falling ill from suspected poisoning, his spokeswoman announced

Alexey Navalny unconscious and hospitalized after falling ill from suspected poisoning, his spokeswoman announced

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Alexey Navalny unconscious and hospitalized after falling ill from suspected poisoning, his spokeswoman announced

Alexey Navalny has been unconscious and hospitalized after falling ill from suspected poisoning,  his spokeswoman announced. Recall that, he was a Russian opposition leader and outspoken Kremlin critic

Navalny, 44, started feeling unwell while on a return flight to Moscow from the Siberian city of Tomsk, his spokeswoman Kira Yarmysh, said on Twitter. The plane later made an urgent landing in Omsk, she added. He only drank black tea in an airport cafe before takeoff, Yarmysh told Russian radio station Echo of Moscow.

"We assume that Alexey was poisoned with something mixed into the tea. It was the only thing that he drank in the morning. Doctors say the toxin was absorbed faster through the hot liquid," Yarmysh tweeted.

Loud groaning can be heard in video footage apparently filmed on the flight taken by Navalny, which was shared on the Baza Telegram channel. More video apparently filmed through the airplane window shows an immobile man being taken by wheeled stretcher to a waiting ambulance.

Navalny has been admitted to the acute poisoning unit of Omsk emergency hospital No. 1 and is in a "serious condition," hospital head physician Alexander Murakhovsky said, according to Russian state news agency TASS.

The hospital's deputy head physician, Anatoly Kalinichenko, speaking to local journalists, later confirmed that Navalny was still in the hospital in a serious condition. He was on a ventilator but was stable, the physician said.

Asked by a reporter if Navalny had been poisoned, Kalinichenko said: "Naturally, poisoning is considered as one of the possible reasons for the deterioration of his state.

 But apart from this, this could be a number of conditions that started acutely and led to the same clinical reactions. We are working on all of them: excluding, confirming." Kalinichenko said he believed doctors would have a diagnosis later Thursday. In the meantime, Navalny's symptoms are being treated, he said.

Loud groaning can be heard in video footage apparently filmed on the flight taken by Navalny, which was shared on the Baza Telegram channel. More video apparently filmed through the airplane window shows an immobile man being taken by wheeled stretcher to a waiting ambulance.

Navalny has been admitted to the acute poisoning unit of Omsk emergency hospital No. 1 and is in a "serious condition," hospital head physician Alexander Murakhovsky said, according to Russian state news agency TASS.

The hospital's deputy head physician, Anatoly Kalinichenko, speaking to local journalists, later confirmed that Navalny was still in the hospital in a serious condition. He was on a ventilator but was stable, the physician said.

Asked by a reporter if Navalny had been poisoned, Kalinichenko said: "Naturally, poisoning is considered as one of the possible reasons for the deterioration of his state. But apart from this, this could be a number of conditions that started acutely and led to the same clinical reactions. We are working on all of them: excluding, confirming." 

Kalinichenko said he believed doctors would have a diagnosis later Thursday. In the meantime, Navalny's symptoms are being treated, he said.
                                     
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