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May 29, 1:43 PM EDT

Gravely ill Russian opposition figure won't be sent abroad


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MOSCOW (AP) -- The prominent Russian opposition figure who is being treated at a Moscow hospital after the sudden onset of a mysterious illness won't be taken abroad for care.

Vladimir Kara-Murza was hospitalized Tuesday in a serious condition. Diagnoses have varied, with doctors saying on Friday that he is suffering kidney failure. No cause for the condition has been determined.

After the poisoning of defector Alexander Litvinenko and the mysterious deaths of other Russian opposition figures, some worry that Kara-Murza could have been poisoned.

His wife Evgenia issued a statement Thursday saying he had symptoms of poisoning and called for him to be taken to Europe or Israel for treatment.

But his father and the head doctor of the hospital said Friday he won't be sent abroad, Russian news agencies reported.

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