Russian Opposition Leader Poisoned At Airport, Causes Flight Diversion

Russian Opposition Leader Poisoned At Airport, Causes Flight Diversion

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An S7 Airlines flight diverted this morning after Russia’s opposition leader became ill due to a suspected poisoning at the airport.

S7 Airlines flight diverts over illness

Alexey Navalny is Russia’s 44-year-old opposition leader, and a big critic of Vladimir Putin and his government. This morning he was flying S7 Airlines from Tomsk to Moscow, on flight S72614. The flight was operated by a Boeing 737-800 with the registration code VP-BQF.

After takeoff Navalny became ill and eventually fell unconscious. The flight diverted to Omsk just over an hour after takeoff — this is another city in Siberia, about 500 miles from Tomsk.

There Navalny was taken off the plane and loaded into an ambulance unconscious.

So, what happened?

Navalny’s spokesperson, Kira Yarmysh, Tweeted this morning about the incident, stating the following (translated using Google Translate):

  • “This morning Navalny was returning to Moscow from Tomsk. During the flight, he felt bad. The plane urgently landed in Omsk. Alexey has toxic poisoning.”
  • “Now we are going to the hospital by ambulance. A year ago, when Alexei was in the detention center, he was poisoned. Obviously they did the same to him now.”
  • “We assume that Alexei was poisoned with something mixed into the tea. It was the only thing that he drank in the morning. Doctors say the toxin was absorbed faster through the hot liquid. Alexey is now unconscious and in intensive care.”

The chief doctor at the hospital that Navalny was transferred to stated that “he is in serious condition.”

Based on what we know, Navalny went to the lavatory in the back of the plane after takeoff and was heard screaming, which is recorded in this video:

There’s also video footage of him being transported off the plane on a stretcher:

Awful…

Bottom line

Russia’s opposition leader became ill on an S7 Airlines flight this morning, causing a diversion, and putting him in intensive care. It’s suspected that he was poisoned, and if that was the case, this isn’t even the first time that this has happened to him.

Here’s to hoping for a full and quick recovery for him, and that those who did this are held accountable (though unfortunately that may be a tall order).

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  1. Travel_Pharaoh Guest

    Very disappointing to see this content on one of my favorite blogs. Posting to get clicks on what could be someone’s last cry is simply terrible. So sad.

  2. MKLDH Member

    Just fun to see how Americans think they are entitled to comment on other countries' politics...

  3. Super VC10 Gold

    @dot

    I think, dear, you meant Super VC10 and Rich - not Omar.

    But yes, I'm 100% liberal. And proudly so! (Which is why I left the United States 15 years ago for far more liberal Canada.)

  4. dot Member

    SuperVC10 and Omar pure liberal idiots!!!!

  5. Omar Guest

    @rich, Although Erdogan has autocratic tendencies (like Trump) he is democratically elected and thus not a dictator.

  6. Super VC10 Gold

    @rich
    ABSOLUTELY. Thank you!

  7. rich Gold

    People should consider this stuff when they travel and support the various governments like Russia, China, parts of the mideast. Your tourism money is partially keeping them in power.

    Sadly this blogger continues to miss that by supporting dictators like in Turkey.

  8. Nathan Guest

    Listening to someone in agony ... who's now in a coma fighting for his life.
    Gruesome and in bad taste, even for this site.

    Will this remain up for the clicks if he passes?

  9. Adam14 Guest

    This is horrible....

  10. Reaper Guest

    Putin, creature of habit.

    When polonium in the tea works, you stick with it!

  11. Super VC10 Gold

    Re-elect Trump and watch this kind of thing begin happening in the States...

  12. Andrew Guest

    It must be another Putin job. If they did this in Salisbury, UK back in 2018, they should be more than capable to do this within Russia.

    Anyway, please boycott Russia for now. Someone like Lucky could be easily targeted by Putin's security apparatus.

  13. steve Guest

    Not sure what's worse. This, or 'falling' out a window.

  14. Bitzer Guest

    Interesting. I thought their favorite method of criticism control was to have people accidentally fall from balconies.
    If I was a reporter or politician in Russia I'd never go to a building that has a balcony for sure.

  15. David Diamond

    Typical Putin. Same trick as what they did to Alexander Litvinenko.

  16. R B Guest

    "From Russia With Love" the 2020 remake

  17. Hotel Sierra Kilo New Member

    *grabs popcorn*

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Travel_Pharaoh Guest

Very disappointing to see this content on one of my favorite blogs. Posting to get clicks on what could be someone’s last cry is simply terrible. So sad.

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MKLDH Member

Just fun to see how Americans think they are entitled to comment on other countries' politics...

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Super VC10 Gold

@dot I think, dear, you meant Super VC10 and Rich - not Omar. But yes, I'm 100% liberal. And proudly so! (Which is why I left the United States 15 years ago for far more liberal Canada.)

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