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Putin critic Alexei Navalny hospitalized with poisoning symptoms

Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny has been hospitalized with what appeared to be poisoning symptoms after he fell ill during a flight, his spokeswoman said on Thursday.

Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny has been hospitalized with what appeared to be poisoning symptoms after he fell ill during a flight, his spokeswoman said on Thursday.

There was initially no official confirmation from the authorities.

The Moscow-bound plane with the 44-year-old on board made an emergency landing in the Siberian city of Omsk after Navalny began to feel unwell. He was taken to hospital from there and placed in intensive care, where he is said to be unconscious.

Navalny, a well-known anti-corruption fighter and an outspoken critic of President Vladimir Putin, had been repeatedly targeted in the past.

His spokeswoman Kira Yarmysh speculated on a Telegram app channel that Navalny may have drank poisoned tea. She said it was the only drink he had consumed.

Navalny claimed to have been poisoned with a toxic agent last year when he was jailed following a demonstration.

He had been detained along with more than 1,000 people at an opposition protest in central Moscow. A day later he was hospitalized, complaining of eye pain and changes to his skin.

There have been repeated cases of suspected poison attacks in Russian politics in recent years.

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