MOSCOW (AP) — Russian medical doctors treating opposition chief Alexei Navalny don’t imagine he was poisoned and refused to switch him to a German hospital on Friday.
Navalny, a 44-year-old politician who’s considered one of President Vladimir Putin’s fiercest critics, was admitted to an intensive care unit in a coma at a hospital within the Siberian metropolis of Omsk on Thursday, following what his supporters are calling a suspected poisoning that they imagine was engineered by the Kremlin.
However Russian medical doctors treating opposition politician Alexei Navalny say they haven’t discovered any indication that the Kremlin critic was poisoned.
Omsk hospital deputy chief physician, Anatoly Kalinichenko, mentioned that no traces of poison have been present in Navalny’s physique. Navalny spokeswoman, Kira Yarmysh, posted a video on Twitter of Kalinichenko talking.
“Poisoning as a analysis stays on the again burner, however we don’t imagine that the affected person suffered from poisoning,” Kalinichenko informed reporters Friday.
Kalinichenko added that the analysis have been decided and relayed to Navalny’s relations. He refused to disclose it to reporters, citing a legislation stopping medical staff from disclosing confidential affected person data.
Earlier Friday, Navalny ally Ivan Zhdanov mentioned police discovered traces of a harmful toxic substance within the politician’s system, however didn’t say which one. Police officers didn’t affirm that.
Russian medical officers additionally haven’t permitted Navalny’s switch to Germany.
“The chief physician mentioned that Navalny is non-transportable. (His) situation is unstable. Household’s resolution to switch him is just not sufficient,” Yarmysh tweeted. Omsk is about 4,200 kilometers (2,500 miles) east of Berlin, roughly a six-hour flight.
Navalny fell unwell on a flight again to Moscow from the Siberian metropolis of Tomsk on Thursday and was taken to the hospital after the airplane made an emergency touchdown in Omsk. His staff says a airplane with all the mandatory gear is ready at Omsk airport to take Navalny to a German clinic.
Alexander Murakhovsky, chief physician of the Omsk Ambulance Hospital No. 1 the place the politician is being handled, informed reporters on Friday that Navalny’s situation “considerably improved,” however he wasn’t secure sufficient for a switch. Murakhovsky mentioned medical doctors have been nonetheless engaged on figuring out a analysis.
Yarmysh mentioned that “the ban on transferring Navalny is required to stall and wait till the poison in his physique can not be traced. But each hour of stalling creates a risk to his life.”
Like many different opposition politicians in Russia, Navalny has been continuously detained by legislation enforcement and harassed by pro-Kremlin teams. In 2017, he was attacked by a number of males who threw antiseptic in his face, damaging an eye fixed.
Final 12 months, Navalny was rushed to a hospital from jail, the place he was serving a sentence following an administrative arrest, with what his staff mentioned was suspected poisoning. Docs mentioned he had a extreme allergic assault and discharged him again to jail the next day.
Navalny’s Basis for Combating Corruption has been exposing graft amongst authorities officers, together with some on the highest stage. Final month, he needed to shut the inspiration after a financially devastating lawsuit from Yevgeny Prigozhin, a businessman with shut ties to the Kremlin.
Probably the most outstanding member of Russia’s opposition, Navalny campaigned to problem Putin within the 2018 presidential election, however was barred from operating.
He arrange marketing campaign places of work throughout Russia and has been selling opposition candidates in regional elections, difficult members of Russia’s ruling get together, United Russia. One in every of his associates in Khabarovsk, a metropolis in Russia’s Far East that has been engulfed in mass protests towards the arrest of the area’s governor, was detained final week after calling for a strike at a rally.