Comatose Russian Dissident Alexi Navalny Visited by Spouse at Berlin Hospital

Comatose Russian Dissident Alexi Navalny Visited by Wife at Berlin Hospital

(BERLIN) — Alexi Navalny’s spouse and a high aide visited him Sunday in a Berlin hospital the place the comatose Russian dissident is being handled by German medical doctors after a suspected poisoning.

Navalny was flown to Germany on Saturday from Siberia after medical doctors decided he was secure sufficient to be delivered to the capital’s Charité hospital for therapy.

After his arrival, hospital spokeswoman Manuela Zingl stated the 44-year-old can be present process in depth diagnostic checks and that medical doctors wouldn’t touch upon his sickness or therapy till they had been capable of consider the outcomes.

On Sunday, Navalny’s spouse, Yulia Navalnaya, and aide Leonid Volkov visited the Russian opposition chief within the hospital, making no feedback to reporters.

Navalny, a politician and corruption investigator who’s one in every of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s fiercest critics, was admitted to an intensive care unit within the Siberian metropolis of Omsk on Thursday. His supporters imagine that tea he drank was laced with poison — and that the Kremlin is behind each his sickness and a delay in transferring him to Germany.

Navalny fell unwell on a flight again to Moscow from Siberia on Thursday and was taken to the hospital after the airplane made an emergency touchdown.

Whereas his supporters and relations insist that Navalny was poisoned, medical doctors in Omsk have denied that, theorizing a metabolic dysfunction was the more than likely analysis and {that a} drop in blood sugar might have triggered Navalny to lose consciousness.

Russian well being authorities on Saturday stated that checks completed to date haven’t proven any poisons in his system.

When German specialists arrived aboard a airplane outfitted with superior medical gear Friday morning at his household’s behest, Navalny’s physicians in Omsk initially stated he was too unstable to maneuver. The dissident’s supporters instructed that was only a ploy to delay his departure till the poison was out of his system.

The Kremlin denied that resistance to the switch was political, with spokesman Dmitry Peskov saying that it was purely a medical choice. Nevertheless, the reversal to permit him to depart got here as worldwide strain on Russia’s management mounted.

Navalny’s personal physician, Yaroslav Ashikhmin, who has handled him since 2013, stated the politician has at all times been in good well being, recurrently went for medical checkups and didn’t have any underlying sicknesses that might have triggered his situation.

Like many different opposition politicians in Russia, Navalny has been incessantly detained by regulation enforcement and harassed by pro-Kremlin teams. In 2017, he was attacked by a number of males who threw antiseptic in his face, damaging a watch.

Final yr, Navalny was rushed to a hospital from jail the place he was serving a sentence on fees of violating protest laws. His crew additionally suspected poisoning then. Docs stated he had a extreme allergic response and despatched him again to detention the next day.

If he was poisoned, it will not be the primary time a distinguished, outspoken Russian was focused in such a manner — or the primary time the Kremlin was accused of being behind it.