Doctors treating former Russian Prime Minister Yegor Gaidar believe he may have been poisoned. One of his aides said natural poisoning has been ruled out and that tests were continuing to try to identify the substance involved. Gaidar is being treated in Moscow. He flew there from Dublin where he fell ill while on a visit to promote a book last week.
The 50-year-old, who was prime minister under President Boris Yeltsin, is regarded as one of the main architects of Russia’s market reforms. He has largely quit politics and now focuses on research at his Moscow-based Institute for the Economy in Transition.
A Kremlin spokesman has said President Vladimir Putin telephoned Gaidar in hospital to wish him a speedy recovery. The former Premier is known to be critical of many of Putin’s policies. Gaidar’s daughter told a Moscow radio station that her father was feeling better but was expected to remain in hospital.