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Leading critic of Vladimir Putin splashed with mystery green liquid in shocking street attack

Mirror logo Mirror 20/03/2017 Jamie Bullen

Credits: TASS © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: TASS A leading political opponent of Vladimir Putin was sprayed green after he was attacked in the street with antiseptic liquid.

Kremlin critic and Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was splashed with dye on the campaign trail in Siberia.

The unknown assailant pounced on the streets of Barnaul before he fled from angered aides.

The green liquid is commonly used as an antiseptic in Russia and can stain skin for days although it is harmless.

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In a blog post, Mr Navalny said he first suspected the liquid was acid but later joked it just left him looking like Shrek.

He later posted a tweet which appeared to show he had taken the attack in his stride, writing: "I will be opening a headquarters in Barnaul as if I'm from the film The Mask! Cool. Even my teeth are green!".

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The reference is a nod to Jim Carrey film The Mask in which the actor played a superhero dressed in a distinctive green veil.

Pictures shared on social media showed Mr Navalny's green coloured face at campaign rallies.

The anti-corruption activist visited Barnaul to open his headquarters in his bid for Russia's 2018 presidential elections.

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He maybe currently ineligible to stand in the vote after he received a fraud conviction which his supporters claim was politically motivated.

Mr Nvalny rose to prominence in 2011 and 2012 when he led a series of anti-government demonstrations in Moscow.

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