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Alexei Navalny in ‘critical’ situation after possible poisoning, says ally

By Pjotr Sauer

14 Apr 2023 · 2 min read

Editor's Note

Alexei Navalny's close ally claims the prominent Russian opposition politician is being slowly poisoned in jail. The Guardian reports on the grave concerns many have for his health.

Alexei Navalny, Russia’s most prominent opposition politician, has been grappling with severe stomach pain in jail that could be the result of slow-acting poison, a close ally said on Friday.

Ruslan Shaveddinov said an ambulance was called last week to the maximum security IK-6 penal colony at Melekhovo, about 155 miles (250km) east of Moscow, where he is being held.

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