Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was “poisoned” by an unidentified toxic substance and the doctors sent him to prison despite his condition, his lawyer and his personal doctor said on Monday.
Dr. Anastasia Vasilyeva said that the 43-year-old woman, President Vladimir Putin’s most important critic, was rushed to the hospital with swollen eyelids, eye discharge and a rash on the upper body.
“In fact, it is a poisoning by an unknown chemical,” his lawyer Olga Mikhailova told reporters outside hospital no. 64 of Moscow, who treated Navalny.
Vasilyeva wrote on Facebook that “some toxic agents could be the reason for the” illness “of Alexei Navalny.
Navalny has been in prison since last week for holding an unauthorized demonstration.
After Sunday’s admission, doctors diagnosed Navalny with a skin disease, said Vasilyeva.
He was treated with a steroid and improved, but was sent back to prison despite the need to continue treatment, he told reporters.
He also said he suspected that his prison cell could be contaminated.
Vasilyeva is an ophthalmologist who had previously treated Navalny for an eye injury.
He accused hospital doctors of not wanting to find out what caused Navalny’s disease.
“Alexei was clearly sent back to the detention center for orders from above,” he said, referring to the authorities.
Navalny was jailed for calling a demonstration against the authorities’ movement to prevent important and independent candidates from participating in the Moscow parliamentary elections in September.