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Russia activist and Putin nemesis, Alexei Navalny, has confirmed he has flown to Barcelona, Spain and is undergoing an operation on his right eye to restore his vision. He suffered a chemical burn last month when someone threw a caustic antiseptic fluid in his face as he left a building in Moscow.
“They told me that my vision, unfortunately, won’t be restored for a few months,” Navalny wrote on Instagram, explaining that he’s only able to make out the largest first row of letters, when testing his vision using an eye chart, reported The Moscow Times.
Navalny is under a suspended, criminal sentence for his protest activities but was allowed a passport by the Russian government to travel for medical treatment. Initially the Kremlin warned him against leaving but eventually the Moscow Court allowed him to travel outside the country.
Navalny recently released a damning video on Youtube and organized protests over alleged corruption by Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. He alleged the politician had skimmed hundreds of millions of dollars from government transactions and had multiple lavish villas around the world. The Kremlin didn’t take too kindly to this behavior.