I guess there was no open window nearby.

Courtesy of The Daily Beast

Vladimir Putin’s nemesis, corruption fighter Aleksey Navalny, is fighting for his life in a Siberian hospital after allegedly being poisoned at an airport while travelling to Moscow.

Navalny’s closest aide, Kira Yarmysh, said Navalny was poisoned after drinking a cup of tea at Tomsk airport early Thursday morning. He then boarded a flight to the Russian capital but fell violently ill en route. Taken from the aircraft on a stretcher after it was diverted to the city of Omsk, the opposition leader is in intensive care, relying on a respirator to breathe.

A Russian DJ who was on the same flight recorded a video that showed medical help arriving after the plane landed in Omsk. Navalny’s screams could be heard in the background.

Yarmysh said she knew immediately what had happened to her colleague: “A year ago, when Aleksey was in a detention center, he was poisoned. Obviously, now they’ve done the same thing to him again,” she wrote on Twitter.

Navalny’s friend, former lawmaker Dmitry Gudkov is convinced this was yet another assassination attempt on an opponent of Putin. “Ever since Boris Nemtsov was murdered by the wall of the Kremlin, all of us knew who was going to be their next target—but Aleksey and I avoided talking about that,” Gudkov told The Daily Beast.

There is a long list of assassinations of Putin’s critics, some poisoned, some shot, others apparently falling from buildings. Journalist Anna Politkovskaya was poisoned on the plane to Beslan during the terrorist hostage crises; she survived that attack but was gunned down soon afterwards in the elevator of her apartment building in downtown Moscow.

“They’ve wanted to wipe Navalny out for a long time. No bodyguards could ever protect Aleksey,” Gudkov said.

I swear every time I read about one of these I worry that Trump is taking his cues from his puppet master. 

Now I just want to make sure that Joe Biden does not stand in front of any open windows and has a food taster on staff. 

And if you try to convince that this kind of thing can never happen here in America, my response would be “Have you really not been any paying attention?”