Spokeswoman: Russian opposition politician Navalny poisoned
Aug 21 2020
"Doctors are doing everything possible to stabilise his condition".
A man holding a placard stands in a one-person picket in front of a building of a hospital intensive care unit where Navalny was hospitalized in Omsk.
Upon his arrival at hospital, Navalny was immediately rushed to intensive care and put on a ventilator after falling unconscious.
"This morning Navalny was returning to Moscow from Tomsk".
Kalinichenko said doctors are considering a variety of diagnoses, including poisoning, but refused to give details, citing a law preventing doctors from disclosing confidential patient information.
The Daily Beast reports that the latest poisoning happened just weeks after Navalny levelled corruption accusations against a Kremlin environmental inspector, Svetlana Radionova. His deteriorating condition prompted the plane's pilots to make an emergency landing at Omsk, some 550 miles away.
Peskov also said he saw no reason to particularly inform President Putin about the incident, but the government would help him seek treatment overseas, if he desired.
"I'm sure it was intentional poisoning", she told the Echo of Moscow radio station.
A regional health ministry spokeswoman, Tatyana Shakirova, confirmed that Navalny has been hospitalised in Omsk and said doctors assessed his condition as serious.
"We can't rule out that he drank or took something himself yesterday", the source said, a claim Yarmysh dismissed as "complete rubbish".
Navalny traveled to Tomsk to meet with activists and opposition candidates for regional elections next month.
At the same time Navalny, who rose to prominence by exposing corruption all over Russian Federation, could have other enemies, Gallyamov said, and may have been targeted by people featured in one of his investigations, if he had indeed been deliberately poisoned.
The 44-year-old's spokeswoman, Kira Yarmysh, who works for Navalny's Anti-Corruption Foundation, revealed his plight in a series of tweets on Thursday morning. He was twice assaulted in 2017 by assailants who threw a green antiseptic dye at him.
Navalny coordinator in Tomsk, Kseniya Fadeeva, told Open Media: 'He was completely fine before he drank tea at Tomsk airport'. He then went to the washroom and lost consciousness.
"The party in power has a lot of money, but we can only count on the help of good, honest people".
He said Navalny's lawyers were requesting an investigation into the attempted assassination of a public figure.
He has served numerous terms in police cells for organizing illegal protests.
Across the border in neighboring Belarus, waves of unrest have rocked the country following the disputed reelection of "Europe's last dictator", Viktor Lukashenko.
The incident follows other poisonings of Kremlin critics. In Salisbury, former Russian agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were sickened by Novichok, a military-grade nerve agent. Alexander Litvinenko, a prominent Russian defector, died from polonium poisoning in a British hospital in 2006.