Alex Navalny, the Russian opposition figure, is in a coma after alleged poisoning, according to his spokeswoman.
44-year-old Navalny, a mainstream anti-corruption activist, fell ill on a flight and the plane had to make an emergency landing at the OMSK. After a medical exam, doctors said he was in a coma and they are now saving his life.
His team initially suspected that the poison might be in the tea he had drunk in the airport cafe.
Kira Yarmysh, his spokeswoman and spokeswoman for the Anti-Corruption Foundation established by Mr. Navalny in 2011, tweeted that he would be returning to Moscow from Tomsk that morning.
Then Alexei felt sick, and the plane urgently had to land in Omsk and, after checking, had toxic poisoning.
The spokeswoman added that they suspect Alexei was poisoned by something mixed in the only tea he drank that morning.
She added that doctors said the poison was absorbed faster by the hot liquid.
MS. Yarmysh later said that Alexei was on a ventilator and that the hospital is full of police officers. She also said his affiliation had been confiscated and the doctors were ready to share information.
Doctors claimed the toxicology tests were delayed, and Ms. Yarmysh claimed they were playing for time and didn’t say what they know as a diagnosis must be that evening.
Yulia Navalnaya, Mr Navalny’s wife and doctor Anastasia Vasilyeva have already visited the hospital.
The spokeswoman said the woman had previously been denied access to her husband by authorities who said Alexei had not yet consented to the visit.
Dr. Vasilyeva said the patient should be taken to the specialized poison control center in Europe, even though doctors refused to provide a record of his condition.
While there were various versions explaining what really happened on the spot, the Tass news agency quoted a source at the Omsk Emergency Hospital that Alexei had been poisoned.
The hospital’s deputy chief physician said to the media that it was not definite whether Alexei had been poisoned.
The Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov wished the patient a speedy recovery. He said the authorities will be ready to approve treatment abroad if necessary.
As Alexei struggles for life, video footage is shown on social media of carrying him on a stretcher to an ambulance on the airport runway. Other disturbing videos show him frowning in pain on the plane.
One passenger, Pavel Lebedey, who was also on board, said Alexei went to the bathroom at the start of the flight and did not come back. Those who picked him up came back with screaming pain and felt sick.
The Interfax agency has announced that the owners of the cafe where Alexei had tea before the flight are reviewing the CCTV tape to see if they can produce evidence.
The top opposition figure was one of those who criticized President Vladimir Putin. He described voting on constitutional reforms that allowed Putin to serve two more terms, a coup and a violation of the constitution.
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