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Saturday 22 July 2017

Russian opposition leader Navalny doused in green liquid

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny joked on Twitter that he was set to star in The Mask (AP)
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny joked on Twitter that he was set to star in The Mask (AP)

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

Mr Navalny tweeted: "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 starring Jim Carrey which features a superhero who wears a green mask.

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

Mr Navalny is currently travelling 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.

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