Photographs have emerged of Russian opposition event leader Alexei Navalny sipping tea at an airport sooner than falling ailing from suspected poisoning.

Navalny, 44, felt sick on his flight once more to Moscow from Tomsk, a metropolis in Siberia, and was rushed to a hospital after the plane made an emergency landing in Omsk on Wednesday, his spokeswoman Kira Yarmysh talked about on Twitter.

Alexei Navalny
Alexei NavalnyAnadolu Company by means of Getty Photographs

“He’s in a coma in grave state of affairs,” she wrote.

The Vladimir Putin foe – who can be seen motionless in a video being moved on a gurney from the aircraft to an ambulance – was in a coma and on an artificial lung ventilator, Yarmysh talked about, in response to Reuters.

“We assume that Alexei was poisoned with one factor mixed into his tea. It was the one issue that he drank in the morning. Alexi is now unconscious,” she talked about.

“Medical medical doctors talked about that the toxin was absorbed further shortly through scorching liquid,” she added.

One passenger aboard his flight posted an account on social media of what he witnessed.

“Firstly of the flight he went to the lavatory and didn’t come once more. He started feeling really sick. They struggled to hold him spherical and he was screaming in ache,” Pavel Lebedev wrote.

Alexei Navalny transported by emergency medical authorities
Alexei Navalny is transported by emergency medical authorities.112 Channel

Max Seddon, the Moscow correspondent for the Monetary Instances, shared an image that he talked about displays Navalny ingesting the tea on the Tomsk airport.

The supervisor of the cafe instructed the Interfax data firm that he would launch an investigation, the Moscow Instances reported.

S7, the airline Navalny flew on, talked about he began feeling very ailing rapidly after takeoff and that the captain decided to make an emergency landing. He had not eaten or drunk one thing on board, it added.

Anatoliy Kalinichenko, deputy chief doctor of the hospital the place Navalny is being dealt with, instructed reporters that he was in grave however regular state of affairs.

Medical medical doctors are considering numerous diagnoses, along with poisoning, talked about Kalinichenko, who refused to elaborate, citing a regulation stopping medical medical doctors from disclosing confidential affected particular person data.

Dr. Anastasiya Vasiliyeva, Navalny’s personal physician, wrote on Twitter that the hospital was refusing to talk alongside together with her, the Moscow Instances reported. She talked about she was on her technique to Omsk.

State data firm Tass reported that authorities weren’t considering deliberate poisoning, citing an anonymous provide in regulation enforcement who talked about “it’s not unlikely that he drank or consumed one factor yesterday himself.”

Yarmysh bristled at that suggestion.

“After all. It’s merely the tea was harmful. That is what the state propaganda goes to do now — yell that there was no deliberate poisoning, he (did one factor) unintentionally, he (did one factor) himself,” she talked about in a tweet.

Navalny was returning to Moscow after touring Siberia in assist of unbiased candidates working in native elections subsequent month, in response to the Moscow Instances.

On Wednesday, he posted {a photograph} on Instagram from Tomsk with the caption: “Crooks obtained’t kick themselves out of the city parliament!”

Omsk Ambulance Hospital
Omsk Ambulance HospitalAlexei Petrov/TASS

Later Thursday, French President Emmanuel Macron talked about France is ready to provide Navalny “all important assist.”

“We’re terribly frightened and saddened” by what occurred to Navalny, talked about Macron, who offered the opposition leader and his family help with medical care or totally different unspecified security.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, speaking at a joint data conference with Macron, moreover voiced assist for Navalny and talked about Germany moreover will insist on transparency regarding his illness.

“Clearly Germany will let him have all the medical help that’s wished moreover in German hospitals,” Merkel talked about. “However that ought to in reality be a need expressed from there.”

The longtime Kremlin critic has confronted stress for his activism sooner than.

Whereas serving a 30-day jail sentence closing summer time season for calling on of us to attend an anti-government protest, he suffered an acute allergic response, which as least one doctor talked about may have been because of poisoning.

In 2017, an activist threw a chemical at him that left him partially blind in one eye, the Moscow Instances reported.

Navalny’s Basis for Combating Corruption has been exposing graft amongst authorities officers, along with some at prime ranges.

Final month, he wanted to close the inspiration after a financially devastating lawsuit from Yevgeny Prigozhin, a businessman with shut ties to the Kremlin.

With Submit wires