Alexei Navalny, Rival to Putin, in Critical Condition After Suspected Poisoning

MOSCOW—Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny, a fierce critic of President Vladimir Putin and Moscow’s political elite, is unconscious and undergoing therapy at a Siberian healthcare facility immediately after getting poisoned, his spokeswoman explained.

He started out sensation ill immediately after he experienced tea early Thursday just before a flight to Moscow from the Siberian metropolis of Tomsk, Kira Yarmysh wrote on Twitter. The plane built an crisis landing in the close by metropolis of Omsk, in which Mr. Navalny was admitted to the healthcare facility, she extra.

“We suppose that Alexei was poisoned with some thing blended in his tea it was the only detail he drank all morning,” Ms. Yarmysh explained. “Now Alexei is unconscious.”

Mr. Navalny was hooked up to artificial air flow at the healthcare facility and was in a important condition, she explained, including that his supporters experienced identified as the police.

Mr. Navalny campaigned forcefully previously this yr towards a collection of constitutional amendments handed in July, which bundled a provision to permit Mr. Putin to possibly rule right up until 2036. He experienced identified as for Russians to boycott a referendum on the amendments, stating the vote would be falsified no matter of the true consequence.