An unknown assailant splashed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny on Monday 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.
Navalny, who wants to stand against Putin in next year's presidential elections, laughed off the attack today, tweeting: 'I will be opening a headquarters in Barnaul as if I am from the film The Mask!
To his relief, he joked, he has been left unharmed but looking like "either Avatar, or the Mask, or Shrek". "Maybe they thought I would stop recording video's with a green face. But I certainly will, as even more people will see me!" he said.
The green liquid sprayed in Navalny's face has been identified as a common Russian antiseptic which remains on the skin for days but will eventually wash off. It is non-toxic but is hard to wash off and remains on skin for days.
Image Caption: Mr Navalny is now prevented from running for president due to a fraud conviction.
The mystery assailant sprayed it on him when he went to shake the man's hand and then fled in the confusion.
Navalny posted pictures in which he was trying to clean the green liquid from his face with a cloth soaked in solvent, which just made it more evenly colored all over.