Alexei Navalny: 'Poisoned' Russian Opposition Leader Aug 23, 2020 20:47:39 GMT
Post by Admin on Aug 23, 2020 20:47:39 GMT
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who is unconscious after what is believed to have been an attempt to poison him, has left a Siberian hospital and has boarded a flight to Germany.
The prominent critic of President Vladimir Putin is in a coma and on a ventilator after drinking tea that his supporters believe was laced with poison.
The 44-year-old was admitted to intensive care on Thursday after falling ill on a flight back to Moscow.
After a day of arguing over Mr Navalny's care, doctors at the hospital in Omsk finally gave permission for him to be moved to Charit, a clinic in Berlin that has a history of treating foreign leaders and dissidents.
Omsk hospital's deputy chief doctor Anatoly Kalinichenko said medical staff had decided that "we don't oppose his transfer to another hospital".
A Russian newspaper has alleged there was extensive government surveillance of the Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny during a trip to Siberia before he collapsed from a suspected poisoning on Thursday.
Navalny’s press secretary, Kira Yarmysh, had complained of being followed during the trip, calling the police surveillance “absolutely obvious” during a stopover in the city of Novosibirsk. The next leg in the city of Tomsk was “relatively calm”, she said, until Navalny fell ill during a return flight to Moscow on Thursday. He was transferred to Berlin’s Charité hospital on Saturday for treatment.
But in an article published by Moskovsky Komsomolets newspaper, police sources described following the politician’s movements and meetings in Tomsk, identifying the apartment where he was staying by tracking a sushi delivery to an associate, collecting his receipts from a local store, and even following him during a short trip out of town for an evening swim in the Tom river.
The leak to the paper was apparently made to show that Navalny was not poisoned in the city, but it revealed the degree to which his activity was scrutinised by law enforcement.