Alexei Navalny, the most prominent opposition figure in Russia, was on a flight from Siberia to Moscow when he started to feel ill. Sweating, disorientated and filled with a sense of impending doom, he collapsed in the aisle saying: “I’m dying, I’ve been poisoned.”
The pilot made an emergency landing in the city of Omsk, where an ambulance crew injected him with atropine, an antidote for poisons. That may have saved his life. But it is now known that the murder operation was not over.
After failing to kill him on the first attempt, suspected state security agents tried to finish off President Vladimir Putin’s fiercest critic with a second dose of poison before he could be flown to safety in Berlin, western intelligence sources