Reports have it that the Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny is now in a coma after falling ill from suspected poisoning.
What happened to Alexei Navalny?
Based on the BBC‘s report, Kira Yarmysh, the press secretary for the Anti-Corruption Foundation, announced the Navalny’s current state. Per her tweet, the opposition leader was bound to return to Moscow, coming from the Siberian city of Tomsk.
However, “[d]uring the flight, he felt ill. The plane made an urgent landing in Omsk. Alexei has toxic poisoning.”
Navalny’s party suspects that the poison might have been mixed into his tea. Yarmysh was quoted, stating:
“We suspect that Alexei was poisoned by something mixed into [his] tea. It was the only thing he drank since morning.
“Doctors are saying that the toxic agent absorbed faster through the hot liquid. Right now Alexei is unconscious.”
Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny (@Navalny) has been reportedly poisoned, he is now in intensive care in serious condition. His spokeswoman suspects the toxin was hidden in his tea.
— Anonymous 🐈⬛ (@YourAnonCentral) August 20, 2020
There’s delay in toxicology report?
Furthermore, Yarmysh expressed that the doctors “were initially ready to share any information.” However, the toxicology tests were now said to be delayed and that Navalny’s diagnosis would come “towards evening.”
In one of Yarmysh’s translated tweets, she exclaimed, “The doctor, who at 10 am promised to say the test results in 2 hours, now says that they will be ready in another 2 hours.”
She names Navalny’s physician who “refuses to talk.” In a separate tweet, she narrates that the intensive care unit is full of police officers, who are also trying to get an explanation out from the said doctor. However, the doctor allegedly saw her in the corridor and took the officers to another room after saying that “some things are confidential.”
A representative from the hospital has already given the journalists an update on Alexei Navalny’s condition, but as Yarmysh notes, there was nothing mentioned about his diagnosis, or “whether there is a threat to life.” The same general information was revealed such as the 44-year-old’s “stable serious condition, coma, ivl.”
Was Alexei Navalny truly poisoned?
Per CNN, when Anatoly Kalinichenko, the deputy head physician of the hospital, was confronted by a reporter confirming the suspected poisoning, he says:
“Naturally, poisoning is considered as one of the possible reasons for the deterioration of his state. But apart from this, this could be a number of conditions that started acutely and led to the same clinical reactions. We are working on all of them: excluding, confirming.”
Meanwhile, Yarmysh is actively debunking rumors on her Twitter about the news that Navalny’s condition was brought by intensive drinking from the night before, and “took a pill for a hangover, which provoked the poisoning.”
Navalny is said to be a “staunch critic” of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
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