Kremlin Critic In Coma After Second Poison Scare In Two Years

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Jacob Bojesson Foreign Correspondent
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A Russian opposition activist was hospitalized due to organ failure Thursday, less than two years after he nearly died from suspected poisoning.

Vladimir Kara-Murza, Jr., who works for the pro-democracy group Open Russia, was rushed to the hospital at around 5 a.m. local time after suddenly falling ill. He is now in an artificial coma fighting for his life.

“He is already on life support and in a medicated coma. It’s the same clinical picture [as last time],” Kara-Murza’s wife Evgenia told the BBC. “The reason is unclear like last time. He’s been active and healthy [recently].”

Kara-Murza was in critical condition for several days in 2015. He claims the scare was caused by a deliberate attempt to poison him. The wife of Kara-Murza’s said the symptoms closely mirror those which occurred in 2015, which leads her to believe the same thing may be happening again.

“The ambulance took him directly to the hospital where the same medical team has since been trying to determine what is happening,” Evgenia Kara-Murza said. “He was brought there conscious but was put in a medicated coma and on life support later, because his organs began shutting down like last time.”

Kara-Murza previously served as a spokesman for the Russian political opposition in the U.S. He has testified in favor of sanctions against Russian officials and media executives before U.S. lawmakers.

Democratic Sen. Bob Menedez tweeted his support for Kara-Murza after hearing about his condition.

“Possible poisoning of Russian human rights leader Vladimir Kara-Murza needs investigating. Let’s put #RussiaOnNotice,” Menedez tweeted.

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