Russian opposition leader Navalny splashed with green liquid in Siberia video

An unknown assailant splashed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny with a green liquid known to be hard to wash off as the vocal Kremlin critic opened his campaign headquarters in the Siberian town of Barnaul.

A video filmed by a Navalny supporter shows the anti-corruption activist walking along a street in Barnaul, more than 3000 kms from Moscow. 

He was shaking hands with residents when a man approached him and threw the liquid at him.

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny takes a selfie with supporters after an unknown assailant sprayed a bright ...
ALEXEI NAVALNY/AP

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny takes a selfie with supporters after an unknown assailant sprayed a bright green antiseptic on his face.

The green solution, known as "zelyonka", is sold as an antiseptic in Russian pharmacies and while not harmful, it is known for being hard to wash off.

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Other opposition figures have been splashed with the liquid previously.

Navalny is touring Russia ahead of the 2018 presidential election in which he will challenge incumbent Vladimir Putin. 

After the incident, reports surfaced of Navalny supporters painting their faces green and sharing pictures of themselves on social media.

One prominent blogger was detained after being seen in Red Square, with his face painted green in solidarity with the opposition leader, the New York Times reported.

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 - Reuters

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