Russian oppositional leader probably poisoned, Russian gov't doesn't agree with that

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By Irina Nikolaeva | Prague Day by day Monitor |

28 August 2020

Alexey Navalny, the leader of the opposition movement, the top of the Anti-Corruption Basis, and the primary critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s regime was hospitalized on Thursday (August 20). Western countries and Russian oppositional media suspect that he was poisoned and that the government is by some means concerned in that.

Navalny felt sick final Thursday on the board of the aircraft going from Tomsk to Moscow. The aircraft passengers witnessed Navalny yelling in pain and losing consciousness. After that, the aircraft made an emergency touchdown on the Omsk airport, the place Navalny was hospitalized. Kira Yarmysh, his press secretary, said that he didn’t have anything for breakfast apart from the tea in the Tomsk airport cafe.

Omsk docs didn’t find any traces of poison in Navalny’s blood and urine exams, Alexander Murakhovsky, the chief doctor of the Omsk hospital, said. Murakhovsky instructed that this example may need occurred because of the drop of sugar in the blood. Yulia Navalnaya, Navalny’s wife, didn’t agree with the analysis and asked to move her husband to the German clinic Charité, Berlin. After several conflicts together with his wife and publicity, the Omsk hospital agreed to permit Navalny’s transfer to Germany.

Charité docs already confirmed the intoxication with a substance from the group of cholinesterase inhibitors. The hospital added that the results have been proven by numerous independent laboratories.

German docs suspect that he might have been poisoned in the same way as the Russian spy Sergei Skripal in 2018 in Salisbury, England. The British investigators suspect the Russian GRU used the nervous paralytic substance referred to as “Novichok” to poison Skripal. He survived, but still suffers from critical health problems.

While the Ministry of Inner Affairs announced the brand new investigation, the Basic Prosecutor's Workplace said a number of hours in the past that there’s no proof to initiate a felony case for poisoning. Dmitry Peskov, the Kremlin Press Secretary, said on Wednesday that there are no reasons to start any kind of the investigation.

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