Russian dissident Alexei Navalny ‘poisoned’, say German medics | ITV News
Berlin says Kremlin critic needs personal protection
Personal bodyguards for Alexei Navalny are needed because a Russian opposition politician may have been poisoned, a spokesman for the German government said on Monday.
“Since there is a certain likelihood of poisoning, security is necessary,” Steffen Seibert said at a regular press conference..
A longtime opponent of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Navalny fell ill on Thursday and was taken to Germany for treatment on Saturday. His associates believe that he was poisoned.
The German government also said on Monday that Navalny, who is being treated at a Berlin hospital, was “quite likely” to have been poisoned..
44-year-old Navalny was taken to Berlin from Siberia. Previously, he became ill during the flight, and Russian doctors explained his condition with metabolic disorders.
“We are dealing with a patient who was most likely poisoned,” Seibert told reporters.
The most famous Russian opposition leader was in intensive care on Thursday after his plane made an emergency landing in Omsk.
His aides believe Navalny added poison to tea and blame President Putin.
The Omsk Regional Ministry of Health said on Saturday that caffeine and alcohol were found in Navalny’s urine, but “no convulsive or synthetic poisons were found.”.
“There is a suspicion that someone seriously poisoned Navalny, and, unfortunately, there are several such examples in recent Russian history, so the world takes such suspicions very seriously,” Seibert said..
Navalny was flown to Berlin by plane chartered by the German NGO Cinema for Peace, which is funded by private donations..
The transportation was carried out after German Chancellor Angela Merkel offered treatment in Germany, saying that the news of Navalny’s condition “really upset” her.
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