German doctors have found traces of novelty at the Russian opposition leader Alexander Navalny. Examination of his blood showed “unequivocal evidence” that he had been the victim of an attack with this nerve poison, says the German government.
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Navalny was rushed to a hospital in the Russian city of Omsk two weeks ago when he fell ill in an airplane. His spokesman immediately said that he had been poisoned by the Russian authorities, although they disagree. The hospital in Omsk then established that he had not been poisoned.
After a few days 44-year-old Navalny was transferred to a hospital in Berlin, at the insistence of his family. There it was soon established that his condition did indicate poisoning. In the last few days he was further investigated, which led to the discovery of Novichok.
In a statement the German government strongly condemned the attack. According to the Germans, Russia has been asked for clarification. With the other member states of the EU and NATO a “suitable” joint answer is being discussed.
The Kremlin says in a reaction that it has not yet been informed of the findings in Germany. Furthermore, a spokesman stresses once again that the Russian doctors had not found any poison.
Navalny is not yet conscious, the hospital in Berlin reported at the end of the afternoon. His condition is improving, but according to the hospital “a long-term illness” will have to be taken into account.