Alexei Navalny ‘poisoning’: Video purportedly captures Putin critic screaming out in ache on flight

Alexei Navalny 'poisoning': Video purportedly captures Putin critic screaming out in pain on flight

A video circulating on social media Thursday purportedly exhibits medical staff attending to Alexei Navalny on a airplane as he screams in ache after what his allies allege was a poisoning engineered by the Kremlin.

The video, which seems to have been first posted on Instagram Tales by a passenger, exhibits the medics dashing down the aisle as different passengers look on as a person will be heard moaning in agony off-camera.

“In the beginning of the flight (Navalny) went to the bathroom and he did not come again,” the passenger posted in a message to the Instagram story. “He turned very unwell and so they might barely resuscitate him as he screamed in ache. They don’t seem to be saying what’s unsuitable with him. Now we have now landed in Omsk. An ambulance got here.”

Navalny’s spokeswoman, Kira Yarmysh, tweeted that he had fallen unwell throughout a flight again to Moscow from the Siberian metropolis of Tomsk and was taken to a hospital after the airplane made an emergency touchdown in Omsk

Yarmysh instructed the Echo Moskvy radio station that he should have consumed poison in tea he drank at an airport cafe earlier than boarding the airplane early Thursday. Through the flight, Navalny began sweating and requested her to speak to him in order that he might “concentrate on the sound of a voice.” He then went to the lavatory and misplaced consciousness, and has been in a coma and on a ventilator in grave situation since.

Different opposition figures had been fast to counsel Kremlin involvement.

“We’re certain that the one those who have the potential to focus on Navalny or myself are Russian safety companies with particular clearance from Russia’s political management,” Pyotr Verzilov, a member of the protest group Pussy Riot who ended up in intensive care after suspected poisoning in 2018, instructed The Related Press. “We consider that Putin undoubtedly is an individual who provides that go-ahead on this scenario.”

An ambulance is parked exterior the hospital intensive care unit the place Alexei Navalny is hospitalized in Omsk, Russia, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020. 

Medical doctors at Omsk Ambulance Hospital No. 1, the place the politician was being handled, remained tight-lipped about his prognosis, saying solely that they had been contemplating quite a lot of doable theories. Native well being officers mentioned they discovered no indication that Navalny had suffered from a coronary heart assault, stroke or the coronavirus.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov mentioned it was needed to attend for take a look at outcomes exhibiting what prompted Navalny’s situation, including the authorities would take into account a request to permit Navalny to depart Russia, which has not totally opened its borders after a coronavirus lockdown, for remedy.


Navalny has been often detained by legislation enforcement and harassed by pro-Kremlin teams for his outspoken opposition to Putin. In 2017, he was attacked by a number of males who threw antiseptic in his face, damaging an eye fixed.

Final 12 months, Navalny was rushed to a hospital from jail, the place he was serving a sentence following an administrative arrest, with what his crew mentioned was suspected poisoning.


Navalny’s Basis for Combating Corruption has been exposing graft amongst authorities officers, together with some on the highest stage. Final month, he needed to shut the inspiration after a financially devastating lawsuit from Yevgeny Prigozhin, a businessman with shut ties to the Kremlin.

The Related Press contributed to this report.

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