The Kremlin has announced the launch of an investigation into the hospitalization of Alexei Navalny – the Russian opposition leader who allies say was the victim of state-ordered poisoning. Navalny, one of Vladimir Putin’s best-known critics, is in a medically induced coma in a Berlin hospital. Before being flown to Germany last weekend, he was being treated at a Siberian hospital after collapsing on a flight from the city of Tomsk. German medics who treated him say they suspect he was poisoned – although Russian medics who treated Navalny insist he was not. The Russian Interior Ministry said on Thursday it had opened an investigation into Navalny’s hospitalization, Reuters reports. The minister said he had previously inspected the Tomsk hotel room where Navalny was staying and looked at surveillance footage of surrounding areas. To anyone’s surprise, the statement added that the ministry had so far found no evidence of criminality.
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