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Russian activist may have been poisoned: medic

Illness: Alexei Navalny
Illness: Alexei Navalny

By Jill Richards

A doctor who saw Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny in hospital has said he may have been poisoned.

Anastasiya Vasilyeva, Mr Navalny's physician for several years, said that swelling and a rash on her patient's face could be consistent with chemical poisoning.

Ms Vasilyeva said that hospital officials who previously diagnosed Mr Navalny with an allergic reaction refused to run the necessary tests on him.

Mr Navalny was rushed to the hospital on Sunday from a detention facility where he is serving a 30-day sentence for calling for an unsanctioned protest. He was arrested several days after an opposition rally that saw nearly 1,400 people being detained last week.

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