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Russian Opposition Leader’s Doctor Says He May Have Been Poisoned In Prison

Russian Opposition Leader's Doctor Says He May Have Been Poisoned In Prison
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Alexei Navalny, Russian opposition leader, at Central Election Commission’s session which is about to deny his right to be in the ballot on the upcoming presidential elections, 25 December 2017

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny organized massive demonstrations in Moscow on July 27th to protest alleged rigged upcoming municipal elections in the Russian capital; he was detained. However, once inside prison, Navalny suffered a ‘severe allergic reaction’ and was taken to the hospital. His doctor says he was very possibly poisoned by a chemical substance.

Navalny, 43, was rushed to hospital on Sunday morning from jail where he is serving a 30-day sentence for violating tough protest laws, a day after police in Moscow detained over 1,000 people for an illegal demonstration which Navalny called for, reported The Moscow Times.

His spokeswoman Kira Yarmysh said Navalny had signs of an acute allergy with “severe swelling of the face and skin redness.”

“We cannot rule out that toxic damage to the skin and mucous membranes by an unknown chemical substance was inflicted with the help of a ‘third party’,” Anastasia Vasilyeva, the doctor, wrote on Facebook.

Doctors were only allowed to examine Navalny through a crack in the door and demanded his clothes and bedsheets be tested for poisonous substances.

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