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Russian opposition politician Navalny in hospital for poisoning, says spokesperson

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Before boarding the flight, Navalny had drunk tea at a cafe at the Tomsk airport.

Prominent Russian anti-corruption activist and Vladimir Putin opponent Alexei Navalny has reportedly been admitted to hospital in an unconscious state after being reportedly poisoned by a "toxin" in his tea.

Tatyana Shakirova, a spokeswoman for the regional health ministry in Omsk, said: "We confirm that Alexei Navalny has been hospitalised in Omsk and that doctors assess his condition as serious".

"The poisoning version is one of several versions being considered".

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Vasilyeva wrote on Facebook that "some toxic agent may be the reason for Alexei Navalny's "illness".

She said the plane made an emergency landing in the city of Omsk and Navalny was rushed to a hospital, where he is now on a ventilator in intensive care.

'He asked me to speak to him because he needed to concentrate on the sound of the voice.

"This morning Navalny was returning to Moscow from Tomsk". It was the only thing that he drank in the morning.

The politician is in grave condition, Russia's state news agency Tass reported, citing the chief doctor at the hospital. He then went to the bathroom and lost consciousness.

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

"Obviously, now they've done the same thing to him again", she added.

According to Yarmish, this is not the first time Navalny has been poisoned.

He said Navalny's lawyers were requesting an investigation into the attempted assassination of a public figure. Then the doctors diagnosed an "acute allergic reaction".

Navalny is seen as Putin's most charismatic and potentially unsafe foe.

Mr. Navalny, like many other Kremlin critics, has reveled in the recent unrest in neighboring Belarus and also in the Russian Far East, seeing a sudden burst of protests in those places as a sign that Moscow, too, will emerge from its long, enforced political slumber under Mr. Putin, now in power for more than two decades.

But while feigning indifference, the Kremlin has repeatedly tried to silence Mr. Navalny, jailing him, accusing him of money laundering, and searching the homes and offices of his supporters.

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