MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian opposition chief Alexei Navalny, at the moment serving time in jail for calling for unauthorized protests, was hospitalized after struggling an acute allergic response on Sunday, his spokeswoman mentioned.
FILE PHOTO: Russian opposition chief Alexei Navalny attends a rally in reminiscence of politician Boris Nemtsov, who was assassinated in 2015, in Moscow, Russia February 24, 2019. REUTERS/Tatyana Makeyeva
Navalny was jailed this week for 30 days for calling for an unauthorized march to protest towards the exclusion of a number of opposition candidates from an area election later this yr.
Authorities say the opposition candidates had been barred as a result of they failed to gather sufficient real signatures backing them, an allegation they reject as false.
Police rounded up greater than 1,000 individuals within the Russian capital on the march on Saturday in one of many greatest crackdowns in recent times towards the opposition.
Kira Yarmysh, Navalny’s spokeswoman, wrote on Twitter that he had been hospitalized on Sunday morning with “extreme swelling of the face and pores and skin redness.”
She mentioned the reason for Navalny’s allergic response was unknown and that he had by no means had suffered from such reactions prior to now.
The Moscow hospital the place Navalny’s spokeswoman mentioned he was being handled couldn’t instantly be reached for remark.
In a separate incident on Sunday, Russian activist Dmitry Gudkov, who was among the many opposition candidates barred from operating in native elections this yr, mentioned he was detained and brought to a Moscow police station.
The rationale for Gudkov’s detention was not instantly clear, his spokesman Alexei Obukhov advised Reuters.
Russia’s inside ministry didn’t reply to a request for touch upon Navalny and Gudkov’s detention.
Obukhov mentioned Gudkov, a former MP who challenged pro-Kremlin initiatives, had been detained as he walked out of a store close to his dwelling on Sunday, the place he had been shopping for meals for the protesters nonetheless being held.
Navalny, Russia’s most distinguished opposition determine, has served a number of stints in jail in recent times for organizing anti-government demonstrations.
The European Courtroom of Human Rights final yr dominated that Russia’s arrests and detention of Navalny in 2012 and 2014 had been politically-motivated and breached his human rights, a ruling Moscow referred to as questionable.
Reporting by Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber; Enhancing by Raissa Kasolowsky and Deepa Babington