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FT: Mystery illness hits former Russian PM

Yegor Gaidar, Russia's former prime minister and the architect of the country's market reforms, last week suffered a sudden, unexplained and violent illness on a visit to Ireland, a day after Alexander Litvinenko, a former KGB spy, died in London from an apparent radiation poisoning.

Mr Gaidar is now in a stable condition at an undisclosed Moscow hospital, undergoing tests. In a telephone interview with the FT, Mr Gaidar said the doctors had so far been unable to identify the cause of the violent vomiting and bleeding that he suffered during a conference in Ireland.

Anatoly Chubais, his former associate and the head of Russia's electricity monopoly, said he suspected Mr Gaidar may have been poisoned. However, he strongly ruled out that either Russia's security services or the Kremlin could have had any involvement. There is no indication of radiation being the cause of his illness.

Mr Gaidar declined to comment about whether he believed he had suffered a poisoning attack. The news of his illness comes after a series of mysterious incidents involving Russian public figures over the past month. It emerged as the Kremlin and state-run television continued to suggest the murky world of Russia's recent émigrés was behind the death of Mr Litvinenko.

by blackhawk on Wed Nov 29th, 2006 at 02:45:49 AM EST
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Violent vomiting and bleeding? Uh-oh.

Those whom the Gods wish to destroy They first make mad. -- Euripides
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Nov 29th, 2006 at 03:43:55 AM EST
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There is no indication of radiation being the cause of his illness.

Ok, ignore what I just said.

Damn right brain misfiring...

Those whom the Gods wish to destroy They first make mad. -- Euripides

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Wed Nov 29th, 2006 at 03:45:04 AM EST
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Didn't Yeltsin once have a sudden "unexplained" illness on Irish soil once ? ;-))

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Nov 29th, 2006 at 06:47:12 AM EST
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