MFA monitoring reports of Russian oppositionist's apparent poisoning

Poland's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said on Thursday it was following with concern the development of events around the apparent poisoning of Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny.

"We believe the politician will recover soon and that all the circumstances will be clarified in detail," the ministry's press office wrote on its website.

One of the opposition leaders in the Russian Federation, Alexei Navalny, has been hospitalised in Omsk in the reanimation ward, Navalny's spokesperson Kira Jarmysh announced on Thursday. Doctors at the Omsk hospital said his state was serious but stable, according to the RIA Novosti news agency. Navalny's team said he had been put on a respirator.

It is not certain that Navalny was poisoned, a hospital official told journalists adding that "natural poisoning" is a possible cause of his condition. The representative would not say whether Navalny's life was in danger.

About a year ago, Navalny was hospitalised in Moscow with symptoms of an extreme allergic reaction, which he suffered while under arrest on an administrative punishment. At the time he did not rule out that he had been poisoned.

Forty-four-year-old Navalny is a lawyer and popular opposition blogger in Russia, whose Foundation for Fighting Corruption regularly publishes investigative material on corruption and abuse of power in the highest circles of Russian power.