THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD/A plane carrying Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny took off from the Russian city of Omsk early on Saturday headed for Germany, his spokeswoman said on Twitter.

The gravely ill Kremlin critic was to be airlifted to Berlin to receive medical care after his allies accused the Russian authorities of trying to stop his evacuation.

Navalny, a long-time opponent of President Vladimir Putin and a campaigner against corruption, collapsed on the plane on Thursday after drinking tea that his allies believe was laced with poison.

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