Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny hospitalized after suspected poisoning: spokeswoman
Moscow (CNN)Russian opposition leader and outspoken Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny was unconscious and on a ventilator in a Siberian hospital Thursday after falling ill from suspected poisoning, his spokesperson said. Navalny, 44, started feeling unwell while on a return flight to Moscow from the Siberian city of Tomsk, his spokeswoman Kira Yarmysh, said on Twitter. The plane later made an urgent landing in Omsk, she added. He only drank black tea in an airport cafe before takeoff, Yarmysh told Russian radio station Echo of Moscow. "We assume that Alexey was poisoned with something mixed into the tea. It was the only thing that he drank in the morning. Doctors say the toxin was absorbed faster through the hot liquid," Yarmysh tweeted.
Navalny remains unconscious and is now connected to a ventilator, Yarmysh said.
A cup of tea, then screams of agony: how Alexei Navalny was left fighting for his life
The Russian opposition activist became violently ill on a flight from Siberia to Moscow...
The group boarded the S7 flight to Moscow. The plane took off. According to Lebedev, Navalny soon became unwell. The change in his condition was sudden, violent. He went to the loo at the back of the plane. He didn’t re-emerge and appears to have collapsed. Video footage shows crew scurrying towards him. There are grim howls of pain.
Hospital confirms Putin critic Alexey Navalny was poisoned The Russian opposition leader is in "serious" condition in an induced coma.
Doctors at a German hospital treating Alexey Navalny confirmed Monday that the vocal critic of Vladimir Putin was poisoned.
The Russian opposition leader had an "intoxication by a substance from the group of active substances called cholinesterase inhibitors," according to the hospital's analysis.
The update on Navalny's condition was released in a statement by Charité, the Berlin university hospital where Navalny, 44, is currently being treated.
"The outcome of the disease remains uncertain, and long-term effects, especially in the area of the nervous system, cannot be ruled out at this point in time," hospital officials said.
MORE: 'Poisoned' Russian opposition leader Navalny lands in Berlin for emergency treatment Navalny was given an antidote and is still in an induced coma in the hospital's ICU, according to the hospital.
"His health is serious, but there is currently no acute danger to his life," the hospital's statement said.
Navalny has long opposed Putin and his party, United Russia, and has organized protests and investigations into the president's inner circle.
MORE: How a local election sparked Moscow's summer of protest The hospital's analysis backed up the allegations made by Navalny's wife and his progressive colleagues that he was poisoned while flying from Moscow to Siberia Thursday. Some of his colleagues allege that someone slipped something into his tea.
Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny participates in a march in Moscow, Feb. 29, 2020. Navalny is currently hospitalized, and his doctors have released a statement saying that poison has been found in his system. The plane made an emergency landing in the Siberian city of Omsk and Navalny was rushed to a hospital there, where he was put in an induced coma and placed on a ventilator in the hospital's intensive care unit. Navalny's wife demanded that he be flown to Europe for treatment but the Russian doctors said his condition wouldn't allow it.
A German medical team was subsequently allowed to assess Navalny's condition on Thursday afternoon, and gave their unequivocal consent that he was stable enough to fly. Russian doctors gave their consent the next day, and Navalny was flown to Germany on Saturday.
The air ambulance was organized by the Berlin-based nonprofit Cinema for Peace at the request of Petr Verzilov, a member of Pussy Riot who was evacuated in a similar manner to Germany in 2018 after he was mysteriously poisoned.
(CNN)Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny was poisoned with a chemical nerve agent from the Novichok group, the German government said Wednesday, urging the Kremlin to explain itself. Navalny, who fell ill on a flight from the Siberian city of Tomsk to Moscow last month, is being treated at a Berlin hospital. German government spokesman Steffen Seibert said toxicological tests on samples taken from Navalny had been carried out at a German military laboratory, providing "unequivocal evidence of a chemical nerve agent" from the Novichok group -- Soviet-era chemical weapons. In a statement, Seibert said it was "startling" that "Navalny was the victim of an attack with a chemical nerve agent in Russia."
"The federal government condemns this attack in the strongest possible terms," the statement said, adding: "The Russian government is urged to explain itself regarding the incident."