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Jailed Russian activist Alexei Navalny hospitalized for allergic reaction

By Daniel Uria
Jailed Russian activist Alexei Navalny hospitalized for allergic reaction
Russian activist Alexei Navalny was hospitalized due to an allergic reaction while jailed for organizing a political rally. Photo by Sergei Ilnitsky/EPA

July 28 (UPI) -- Russian activist Alexei Navalny was hospitalized Sunday with an allergic reaction while serving a 30-day jail sentence, his spokeswoman said.

Navalny's spokeswoman, Kira Yarmysh, wrote on Twitter that he was transported from a detention facility in Moscow to a hospital due to an "acute allergic reaction" that caused his face to swell and parts of his skin to turn red.

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"The source of the allergic reaction is not determined. Throughout his life, Alexei had never experienced an allergic reaction," she wrote.

Yarmysh added that Navalny, 43, is in a hospital ward under police protection and is being provided with the necessary medical assistance.

Navalny said Wednesday that he was arrested ahead of a planned protest in Moscow to oppose a government decision to prohibit opposition candidates from running for the 45-seat city Duma Parliament.

The arrest followed police searches of other opposition candidates Dmitry Gudkov, Ivan Zhdanov and Aleksandr Solovyov.

Moscow police detained nearly 700 protesters on Saturday during the protests involving about 3,500 people.

Navalny has been arrested multiple times, including last month when he was detained with more than 400 others at an unauthorized march. He was released from jail on July 11 after serving a 10-day sentence in connection to an unsanctioned protest.

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