Ireland investigates Russian ex-prime minister poisoning

Other News Materials 1 December 2006 11:12 (UTC +04:00)

(RIA Novosti) - Following Scotland Yard's probe into the radioactive killing of a former Russian spy, Irish police have launched an investigation into the mysterious poisoning of a former Russian premier, reports Trend.

Gaidar, 50, a former acting prime minister and architect of economic reforms in post-Soviet Russia, began vomiting suddenly and fainted at a conference in Dublin Friday. Doctors said he was poisoned but have not identified the substance yet.

"Doctors see no natural reasons for the poisoning," Gaidar's press secretary, Valery Natarov, said. "It was definitely not food poisoning."

Gaidar, now head of the Institute for the Economy in Transition, remained unconscious for three hours and was then transferred to a Moscow hospital.

His daughter, Maria, said her father was on an intravenous drip for eight hours a day.