Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been poisoned. He’s been hospitalized after the plane he was on from Siberia to Moscow made an emergency landing in Omsk. This was announced on Twitter by his press secretary, Kira Yarmysh. Navalny is currently in intensive care, in an induced coma. Omsk’s Number 1 hospital has confirmed this fact, specifying that he is in resuscitation due to the ingestion of toxic substance.
Yarmysh suggests that the blogger may have been poisoned with a toxic substance mixed into the tea. Doctors say the toxin was quickly absorbed through the hot liquid. The only thing Navalny had taken was a morning tea.
His hospitalization comes at a time when Russian dissidence has gained new momentum with the turmoil in the east of the country. Protesters in Khabarovsk have been holding regular mass rallies for more than a month in support of former governor Sergey Furgal, who was ousted by President Vladimir Putin.
Recently the demonstrators in Khabarovsk have expressed their solidarity with the protesters in Belarus. There President Alexander Lukashenko is waiting for Putin’s help in controlling the post-election demonstrations. Following the example of Belarus, some demonstrators in Khabarovsk have started calling for a general strike.
Navalny is also the founder of the Anti-Corruption Foundation, which has uncovered dozens of government scandals.