- Merkel and her Foreign Minister demanded the Russian authorities to fully disclose the possible poisoning of Navalny.
- Navalny, 44, "is in the intensive care unit and is still in an artificial coma and his health condition is serious, but his life is not in danger."
- In addition to ordinary citizens, celebrities from all over the world also come to Charité for treatment.
After the Charité Hospital in the German capital announced that there were indications that Russian dissident Alexei Navalny had been poisoned, Chancellor Angela Merkel and her foreign minister called on Moscow to conduct an investigation, identify those responsible, and hold them accountable.
In a joint statement on Monday, Merkel and her Foreign Minister, Heiko Maas, demanded the Russian authorities to fully disclose the possible poisoning of Navalny.
“In light of the prominent role played by Mr. Navalny in the political opposition in Russia, the authorities there are now urgently called upon to investigate this crime to the last detail – and do so in full transparency,” the joint statement read.
“Those responsible must be identified and held accountable,” Merkel added. The statement did not include the name of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
This came after the doctors’ team at the Charité Hospital in the German capital, Berlin, announced Monday that Navalny had been poisoned. The results of the clinical examinations indicated that the “effects” of the poisoning might leave a long-term impact on his nervous system, contrary to what Moscow has mentioned.
The hospital said in a statement that Navalny, 44, “is in the intensive care unit and is still in an artificial coma and his health condition is serious, but his life is not in danger.”
The hospital, which is one of the most famous hospitals in the world, added:
“Clinical findings indicate poisoning with a substance from the group of cholinesterase inhibitors. The specific substance involved remains unknown, and a further series of comprehensive testing has been initiated. The effect of the poison – namely, the inhibition of cholinesterase in the body – was confirmed by multiple tests in independent laboratories.”
They added, “the specific substance involved remains unknown, and a further series of comprehensive testing has been initiated.” The substances reported by the hospital are used in low doses to treat Alzheimer’s Disease, but they become dangerous when taken in large doses.
Translated from French, “Charité” means “charity” or “mercy.” This name was given to the largest hospital in Europe – the famous Berlin University Hospital Charité. The clinic is known far beyond the borders of Germany.
The hospital, founded in 1710 as a plague infirmary, is now a multidisciplinary medical center, where patients with a variety of diseases are treated. The hospital complex as a whole has about 3,000 beds. It employs 13,000 employees and treats about 800,000 outpatients and inpatients annually.
In addition to ordinary citizens, celebrities from all over the world also come here for treatment. It’s no secret that many rich and famous patients – for example, from Russia or Saudi Arabia – receive medical care here, on condition of anonymity.
Some German politicians, however, do not make a secret of visiting the clinic. For example, in 2011, German Chancellor Angela Merkel underwent a knee operation at the Charité, and the current President of the Federal Republic of Germany, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, became a kidney donor here for his wife.