FILE PHOTO: Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny addresses demonstrators during a rally in support of independent candidates for elections to Moscow City Duma, the capital’s regional parliament, in Moscow, Russia July 20, 2019. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov/File Photo

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Russia’s fiercest critic of President Vladimir Putin remained in a coma Thursday morning after authorities feared he was poisoned.

Alexei Navalny, Russia’s opposition leader, fell ill and was crying out in pain on a flight to Tomsk, a Siberian city. The plane made an emergency landing in Omsk. Doctors refuse to share medial details with Navalny’s personal physician, although they did say he was on a ventilator. Navalny reaches millions of followers through his YouTube channel and led protests against proposed constitutional amendments that would allow Putin to stay in power until 2036.

He was jailed many times by Russian state prosecutors and had a mysterious reaction to food in a Russian jail last year. In recent years, critics of Putin have been poisoned, fallen to their deaths from balconies and otherwise been assassinated. Opposition leader and former Deputy Prime Minister Boris Nemtsov was shot dead in 2015, and Alexander Litvinenko died in 2006 after drinking tea laced with polonium-210 in Britain, where he had defected.  

The Kremlin wished Navalny a “speedy recovery.”

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Leading Putin foe Alexei Navalny ‘is poisoned’ and rushed to hospital – Mail Online – 8/20/2020
The lawyer and anti-corruption campaigner was left screaming in agony after falling ill on a flight from Tomsk to Moscow on Thursday morning, forcing the plane to make an emergency landing in the Siberian city of Omsk.

Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny rushed to hospital after apparently drinking poisoned teaThe Week – 8/20/2020
 “The plane made an urgent landing in Omsk,” tweeted Kira Yarmysh, the press secretary Navalny’s anti-corruption organization. “We suspect that Alexei was poisoned by something mixed into [his] tea. It was the only thing he drank since morning.”

Russian opposition leader in coma after alleged poisoning predicted his death in 2017 – Fox News – 8/20/2020
Three years after predicting there was a 50% chance he’d end up dead for speaking against Russian President Vladimir Putin, top opposition leader Alexei Navalny is in a coma from suspected poisoning.

Putin Critic Alexei Navalny Hospitalized in Suspected Poisoning – National Review – 8/20/2020
The hospital has so far refused to share medical details with Navalny’s personal physician, although doctors did say the opposition figure was on artificial ventilation.

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