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Russian Opposition Leader Navalny Doused in Antiseptic

The liquid was reportedly sprayed in his face as he went to shake a man's hand



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    In this photo provided by Alexei Navalny, Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny photographs himself with supporters after being sprayed with a bright green antiseptic on his face in a city of Barnaul, Russia on Monday, March 20, 2017. He was sprayed with the liquid as he was opening a campaign office in his bid to become Russian president in 2018 elections.

    Opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been doused in bright green liquid by an unknown assailant in the Siberian city of Barnaul.

    Navalny tweeted Monday: "I will be opening a headquarters in Barnaul as if I am from the film The Mask! Cool. Even my teeth are green!" He was referring to the Hollywood film that features a superhero who wears a green mask.

    The green liquid, a common Russian antiseptic that remains on skin for days, was reportedly sprayed in Navalny's face as he went to shake a man's hand.

    Navalny is currently traveling around Russia opening headquarters and campaigning to stand in the 2018 presidential elections. A criminal conviction for fraud officially bars him from running, but supporters say the charges are politically motivated.