Navalny seeks probe into fact of ‘severe allergic reaction’ in jail

Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny has filed a complaint over his allegedly being poisoned in the detention centre to the Russian Investigative Committee, his lawyer Vadim Kobzev says.

Navalny’s team is set to have a forensic toxicological examination conducted and get CCTV footage from the detention facility administration.

In mid July, in July, Russians started protesting against the authorities’ refusal to register opposition and independent candidates for the Moscow City Duma elections.

On July 24, the riot police arrested Alexei Navalny over his call on Muscovites to take part in the unauthorised rally on July, 27. The politician is spending 30 days in jail over it.

On July 28, Navalny who claimed that any allergies had never ailed him before got a swollen, reddened and rash-covered face in the detention centre. He was taken to hospital due to a ‘severe allergic reaction’. Later, the politician was diagnosed with contact dermatitis.

However, physician Anastasia Vasilyeva, who earlier treated Navalny, said that their team could not rule out that it was toxic damage to the skin and mucous membranes caused by an unknown chemical substance. ‘Third persons’ might have been involved in the incident, she stressed.

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