Alexey Navalny “quite likely” poisoned, according to Germany

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Navalny is being treated at a Berlin hospital after falling ill on a flight from Siberia last week. He was transferred to the German capital of the Siberian city of Omsk on Saturday morning.”We are dealing with a patient who, it is highly probable, has been poisoned,” Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesperson Steffen Seibert said at a press briefing on Monday. “Because there is a certain likelihood of a poisonous attack, protection is needed,” Seibert said.

Navalny spokesman Kira Yarmysh said last week he fell ill with suspected poisoning on a flight to Moscow from the Siberian city of Tomsk.

Navalny, critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, was treated at the Berlin Charity Hospital which Seibert said will provide updates on the state of the opposition leader. Jaka Bizilj, president of the Cinema for Peace Foundation, which organized the medical evacuation, told CNN on Saturday that Navalny was in “stable condition”.

German Army emergency personnel load the stretcher that was used to transport Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny into an ambulance on August 22, 2020 at Charite Hospital in Berlin.

The Siberian hospital that previously treated Navalny on Friday rejected claims he was poisoned – even though his wife said doctors could not be trusted.

On Friday, Anatoly Kalinichenko, deputy chief doctor at the Russian hospital where Navalny was being treated, told a press conference that no poisons were found in Navalny’s blood or urine. “We don’t think the patient was intoxicated,” Kalinichenko told local reporters.

“The poisons or traces of their presence in the body have not been identified. Probably, the diagnosis of “poisoning” remains somewhere in our minds. But we don’t think the patient was intoxicated, ”he added.

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