Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich feared for his life after apparent poisoning

Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich was in such bad shape that he feared that he would die after an alleged poisoning this month during peace negotiations to end the invasion of Ukraine, a report said Wednesday.

“Are we dying?” Abramovich asked a scientist brought in to evaluate him, the New York Times reported.

The billionaire and Kremlin confidant was one of three men who suffered from peeling skin on their faces and hands, constant and painful tearing, red eyes and temporary blindness following a meeting in Kyiv.

Russian businessman Roman Abramovich
Roman Abramovich attends the peace talks between delegations from Russia and Ukraine in Istanbul, Turkey, on Tuesday.
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Ukraine map
The latest on the conflict in Ukraine.
Rustem Umerov
Ukrainian member of parliament Rustem Umerov was also allegedly poised.
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The trio — which included Ukrainian member of parliament Rustem Umerov and another, unidentified Russian businessman — recovered over the weeks that followed.

Amid speculation that the apparent poisoning was the work of Kremlin hardliners bent on derailing the peace process, Putin Dmitry Peskov on Tuesday dismissed the whole affair as part of an “information war.”

An unnamed Western official cautioned against ruling out “environmental factors” as the cause of the men’s symptoms.

“The evidence is rather sketchy and in a difficult place,” the official told the New York Times on Wednesday.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, center, gives a speech to welcome the Russian, left, and Ukrainian delegations ahead of their talks,
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan welcomes the Russian and Ukrainian delegations ahead of their talks in Istanbul.
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Peskov confirmed that Abramovich has been serving as a diplomatic go-between in an unofficial capacity. It is widely believed the oligarch has been relaying messages between Moscow and Kyiv.

Abramovich was spotted Tuesday among the delegations in Istanbul, where another round of peace talks between the two nations has begun.

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