Top Russian opposition leader, Alexei Navalny, is in a coma due to an alleged poisoning, said Navalny’s spokeswoman.
Kyra Yarmysh detailed the events on Twitter.
Navalny was on a flight from Tomsk to Moscow when he suddenly felt ill, Yarmysh said, via a Twitter translation.
In a video that was posted by the Guardian, Navalny can be heard in the background howling in pain.
Their plane had to make an emergency landing in Omsk, where Navalny was sent to the hospital.
“We assume that Alexei was poisoned with something mixed into the tea,” she said in a statement.
Tea was the only thing Navalny drank on the morning of his flight, Yarmysh added.
According to the doctors, toxins are usually absorbed faster through a hot liquid, Yarmysh explained.
However, doctors did not confirm that Navalny was poisoned.
Navalny is currently “unconscious” and on a ventilator, Anatoly Kalinechenko, the head of the hospital where Navalny is staying told the press.
He described his condition as “stable”.
However, the doctor did not give any more details, the Guardian reported.
Navalny is a staunch critic of the Putin administration.
Authorities arrested him various times due to his involvement in protests against the Russian government.
Not The First Time
This is not the first time that Navalny and his camp suspected authorities of poisoning him.
In 2019, Navalny suggested that he was poisoned while in detention.
His doctor suggested, as per a BBC report that there must have been “some toxic agent” that he was exposed to.
“I woke up with a hot and prickly face, ears and neck,” he wrote on his blog.
“Maybe I’ve been poisoned,” he suggested.
Navalny explained that “he never had an allergy” before.
However, he did not dismiss that it was possible.
He also shared that his doctors and lawyers were not given his diagnosis and just learned about it after a state media report.
Furthermore, while at the hospital, Navalny observed that the police in his hospital room looked suspicious.
It looks like they had something to hide, he said.