A MAN described as Vladimir Putin’s “most feared” foe” is seriously ill following a suspected poisoning. – here’s everything you need to know.
Alexei Navalny is fighting for his life in hospital amid claims from his press secretary that the lawyer’s tea was spiked with poison.
Who is Alexei Navalny?
Alexei Navalny is a Russian activist, lawyer and leader of the of the Russian opposition Progress Party.
He is a fierce critic of the Kremlin and has been described as “the man Vladimir Putin fears most” by the Washington Post.
Mr Navalny also campaigns against corruption, broadcasting vlogs to his 3.79 million YouTube subscribers advocating reform and against political corruption, Putin and Putin’s political allies.
He also runs a blog and a Twitter account, with over 2.1 million followers which he uses to organise political demonstrations.
He was hospitalised after developing an acute “mystery allergy” a day after mass protests in Moscow in July last year.
It came while Navalny was serving a 30-day jail sentence for calling for an unauthorised demonstration.
What happened to him?
Video shows fierce Kremlin foe Navalny, 44, being stretchered from the aircraft to a waiting ambulance in the Siberian city of Omsk.
He was unconscious, according to his press secretary, Kira Yarmysh, who suspects poison was added to his tea.
He was rushed to hospital with an initial diagnosis of “toxic poisoning”.
Earlier Navalny was snapped drinking from a cup at a cafe at Tomsk airport before catching his flight.
Ms Yarmysh posted from his ambulance: “We assume that Alexei 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.
“Alexey is now unconscious. This morning Navalny was returning to Moscow from Tomsk.
“On the flight he started feeling ill. The plane made an emergency landing in Omsk.”
Why was he ‘poisoned’?
It is unclear why Navalny was poisoned.
However, some have suggested a political motive with the well-known politician seen as a charismatic and potentially dangerous foe of the Kremlin.
He famously described Putin’s ruling party, United Russia, as a “party of crooks and thieves” and labelled elections “rigged”.
Navalny has faced constant legal attacks and has served a number of jail sentences.
And in 2015 his ally Boris Nemtsov was found murdered – rumoured by many to be linked to the Kremlin.
Who ‘poisoned’ him?
It is not yet known who could have poisoned the Russian.
What is Alexei Navalny’s net worth?
According to CelebFamily, Alexei Navalny’s net worth is around £159,203 or $200,000.
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Who is Alexei Navalny’s wife?
Alexei Navalny’s wife is Yulia Navalnaya.
The couple married in 2000 and have two kids, a son and a daughter.
Mrs Navalny was born in Moscow and reportedly works as an economist, although this is unconfirmed.
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