Former Russian Prime Minister Now Believed To Have Been Poisoned


Moscow (AP) -- A week after a former Russian spy died of poisoning in London, doctors in Russia believe a former prime minister has also been poisoned.

Yegor Gaidar is still alive, though seriously ill. And an aide to the former Premier says doctors can find no "natural reason" for the poison to be in his body, such as eating bad food. So it's believed the poisoning was deliberate.

The aide says it might have happened during a conference last week in Ireland. Gaidar become violently ill and was taken to a hospital there. He was later brought back to Moscow, where he's said to be improving.

An Irish government spokesman says officials have no evidence of what he calls "anything untoward."

Word of Gaidar's illness comes as British investigators continue searching for the source of the poison that killed an ex-Russian spy in London.

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