MOSCOW – Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny remained in hospital for a second day on Monday after his doctor claimed he may have been poisoned.
Details of Navalny's condition were scarce after Navalny was taken from a detention center to a hospital on Sunday where he served a 30-day prison sentence for calling an unauthorized protest. He was arrested a few days before a major opposition rally on Saturday that left nearly 1,400 people detained.
Moscow was in great tensions on Monday with dozens of demonstrators in custody and opposition calling for a new rally on the weekend.  Access to Navalny is restricted, and Dr. Anastasiya Vasilyeva, who has been Navalny's doctor for several years, only managed to see him on Sunday afternoon. Doctors in the hospital initially said that Nawalny was admitted with a severe allergy attack, but Vasilyeva said that the swelling and rash on his face might be consistent with chemical poisoning. Late Sunday in front of the hospital.
Vasilyeva said that hospital officials who had previously been diagnosed with an allergic reaction to Nawalny refused to perform the required tests on him. Vasilyeva said she could visit Navalny later on Monday.
The cause of the allergic reaction or poisoning was not immediately clear. But Nawalny's ally, Leonid Volkov, complained on Sunday about "unhealthy conditions" in the detention center where he had previously been imprisoned Vladimir Putin and his party. Since then, he has been convicted of two charges, most of which were considered politically motivated, and has spent many years in jail for disrupting public order and unauthorized protests, leading to protest in Russia in a decade. Both opposition activists and ordinary Muscovites took to the streets to dispel their anger at the officials' decision to exclude a dozen independent candidates from voting for the forthcoming election of the Moscow City Parliament.
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