Published On: Thu, Aug 20th, 2020

Russia news: Video emerges of Putin rival writhing in pain after horror plane attack | World | News

In the footage Alexei Navalny appears to be screaming in pain before he is escorted off a plane by medical staff. Mr Navalny is currently in a serious but stable condition in an intensive care unit.  

Kira Yarmysh, the press secretary for Mr Navalny’s party Anti-Corruption Foundation, tweeted: “This morning Navalny was returning to Moscow from Tomsk.

“During the flight, he felt ill.

“The plane made an urgent landing in Omsk.

“Alexei has toxic poisoning.”

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She added: “We suspect that Alexei was poisoned by something mixed into tea. It was the only thing he drank since morning.

“Doctors are saying that the toxic agent absorbed faster through the hot liquid. Right now Alexei is unconscious.”

A passenger on the plane Pavel Lebedev said: “At the start of the flight he went to the toilet and didn’t come back.

“He started feeling really sick.

Further disturbing footage shows Mr Navalny being rushed to hospital on a stretcher after the plane was forced to make an emergency landing. 

The political opponent of Putin had drunk tea at a cafe at Tomsk airport before boarding his flight.

The drink was said to be the only thing he had consumed that day.

The cafe owners are said to be checking CCTV cameras to try to establish what had happened, Interfax news agency reported.

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