Putin critic Alexei Navalny fights for his life following suspected poisoning

Russia’s most prominent opposition leader Alexei Navalny is in a coma after a suspected poisoning.

The 44-year-old was taken off a flight to Moscow by stretcher and is now on a ventilator, unconscious “in a grave condition” in intensive care in the city of Omsk, according to his spokeswoman Kira Yarmysh.

Britain’s Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said he was “deeply concerned” about the reported poisoning, adding: “My thoughts are with him and his family.”

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