Alexei Navalny, Well-known Putin Critic, Taken to Berlin for Treatment

  • Navalny's critical condition occurred after drinking a cup of tea at the airport, and his supporters believe he, like many other Putin critics, was the victim of deliberate poisoning.
  • Navalny was flown to Berlin on a private plane sent to Amesk by the Cinema for Peace Foundation.
  • Navalny's treatment is scheduled to continue at Berlin's Charite Hospital, which has previously announced its readiness to do so.

Alexei Navalny, one of Vladimir Putin’s most famous politicians and critics, was transferred from a Siberian city to Berlin to continue his treatment. Navalny was taken to the hospital during a domestic flight due to complications from possible poisoning. According to Reuters, the plane carrying Alexei Navalny and his companions landed at Berlin Airport this Saturday morning (August 22nd).

Alexei Anatolievich Navalny is a Russian politician and anti-corruption activist. He came to international prominence by organizing demonstrations, and running for office, to advocate reforms against corruption in Russia, Russian President Vladimir Putin

A prominent critic of the Russian president suffered a physical problem last Thursday during a domestic flight for reasons that have not yet been fully determined and was in a coma for some time after being taken to a hospital in the Siberian city of Omsk.

Relatives of the 44-year-old politician did not rule out the possibility of a chemical attack on him and therefore demanded to be transferred to Germany for further treatment. Navalny’s critical condition occurred after drinking a cup of tea at the airport, and his supporters believe he, like many other Putin critics, was the victim of deliberate poisoning.

Navalny doctors at Omsk Hospital said Friday morning that the patient’s condition was not suitable for transfer to another location. They claimed that Navalny was not poisoned, but had a metabolic disorder due to low blood sugar.

A chemical was found on Navalny’s clothes and skin, a senior hospital doctor said; The material is also used in the production of plastic cups. “It was not found in Navalny’s blood,” he said.

Kremlin green light for naval transport

Finally, at the insistence of Navalny’s wife and German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s offer to continue her treatment in Berlin, Kremlin officials said that if her doctors allowed Navalny to move, the Russian leadership would not oppose her transfer to Germany.

“We have no objection to the transfer of the patient to another hospital,” Anatoly Kalinichenko, deputy head of the Amsk Hospital department, said on Friday evening, according to AFP. Family members of the Russian politician opposed his transfer to another hospital in Russia, and Alexei Navalny left the country for Berlin with doctors who had traveled to Germany.

The emergency medical plane transporting Mr Navalny lands at the Tegel airport in Berlin.

Continue treatment in Berlin

Navalny was flown to Berlin on a private plane sent to Amesk by the Cinema for Peace Foundation. The foundation was founded by Slovenian producer Jaka Bezelij in 2002 with the aim of supporting films that serve the peace and peaceful life of the world.

Alexei Navalny is a lawyer, civil activist, and founder of the Anti-Corruption Campaign in Russia. He has been attacked and imprisoned several times and is considered the most prominent opposition figure outside the Russian parliament, winning more than 27 percent of the vote in the 2013 Moscow municipal elections.

Navalny’s treatment is scheduled to continue at Berlin’s Charite Hospital, which has previously announced its readiness to do so. There has been no word yet on Navalny’s examination in Berlin and the possible cause of his sudden health problem.

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Joyce Davis

My history goes back to 2002 and I  worked as a reporter, interviewer, news editor, copy editor, managing editor, newsletter founder, almanac profiler, and news radio broadcaster.

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