The Kremlin REFUSES to let Alexei Navalny leave Russia for medical treatment after he was poisoned with ‘deadly dangerous’ substance forcing visitors to his bedside to wear ‘hazmat suits’
- Alexei Navalny, Putin’s arch-rival, is in a coma at a Russia hospital after falling ill
- Supporters say he was poisoned, and want him to go to Germany for treatment
- Was due to leave Russia this morning, but request was denied at the last moment
- His spokesman accused the Kremlin of intervening in ‘a fresh attempt on his life’
- Ally said Navalny’s visitors have been told to wear hazmat suits to protect against ‘dangerous’ substance, but medics refuse to say what it is
Supporters of ‘poisoned’ Vladimir Putin foe Alexei Navalny claim the Kremlin is risking his life by refusing to allow him to be flown for treatment in the West.
Navalny was due to be flown out of the Siberian city of Omsk, where he remains in a ‘deep coma’ and hooked up to a ventilator, at 10am today for treatment in Germany.
Kira Yarmysh, his press secretary, said doctors and the Kremlin had both agreed to the move – but 15 minutes before the plane was due to arrive, medics suddenly changed their minds.
‘Until now, doctors have said that they are ready to authorize transportation,’ she tweeted early Friday. ‘That is why we organized it in the shortest possible time.
‘Now, at the last moment, doctors are not giving permission. This decision, of course, was not made by them, but by the Kremlin.’
Meanwhile Ivan Zhdanov – director of Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation – said that police have admitted he was poisoned ‘deadly substance’ that is ‘dangerous to those around him’.
Alexei Navalny remain in a coma in a Russian hospital after apparently being poisoned with a ‘deadly’ substance that allies believe was slipped into his cup of tea (pictured drinking it)
Navalny fell sick on a plane which was forced to make an emergency landing as fellow passengers heard him screaming in pain, before he was taken unconscious into an ambulance
The 44-year-old was due to be taken to Germany for treatment today, but at the last moment the request was denied – which his family say was done by the Kremlin (pictured, wife Yulia, brother Oleg, and political ally Ivan Zhadnov outside the hospital today)
Kira Yarmysh, Navalny’s spokeswoman, (pictured outside hospital today) accused the Kremlin of making a second attempt on his life after refusing to let him leave the country
Anyone coming into contact with Navalny have to wear a hazmat suit, he added, but police have refused to name the substance, for ‘operational reasons’.
Navalny, an anti-corruption campaigner and Putin’s most threatening political rival, became gravely ill after falling suddenly sick on a plane from Tomsk to Moscow.
His aides and family believe his tea was spiked with an unidentified ‘toxic poison’ at Tomsk airport before his flight.
The aircraft made an emergency landing in Omsk and he was rushed to hospital.
Hospital chiefs today indicated his condition was too grave to be moved either to another Russian hospital or – as his family and aides wish – onto an air ambulance due to arrive from Germany.
His press secretary Kira Yarmysh said: ‘The ban on transporting Alexei means a direct threat to his life.
‘It is deadly to remain in the Omsk hospital without equipment and without a diagnosis in the current situation.’
Ivan Zhadnov, director of Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation, said anyone coming into contact with him is being told to wear a hazmat suit due to ‘deadly dangerous’ substance
Police officers detain a protester as he comes to support Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny in front of the building of the Federal Security Service in Moscow
A protester stands in front of a police officer holding a poster reading ‘Putin stop poisoning people!’ during a picket in support of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny
Policemen detain a lone protester with a placard reading ‘Navalny, Live’ outside the Russian Federal Security Service building in Moscow
She said Putin’s deputy chief of staff and spokesman Dmitry Peskov had promised to allow Navalny to be moved if needed.
‘Yesterday Peskov promised to provide help in treating Navalny and in transporting him to a different clinic.
‘Today doctors are refusing to give permission for his transportation.’
She warned: ‘Navalny’s life now depends on the fact that the chief physician of the intensive care unit has refused to ‘bear responsibility’ – by allowing him to be moved, ideally abroad, in a well equipped flying intensive care unit.’
Yulia Navalny, the campaigner’s wife and mother of his two children, added that she believes the delay in transport is to allow the toxin to reduce to levels that would be undetectable after he is moved.
That means his supporters will never be able to confirm that he was poisoned, or what he was poisoned with.
Zhdanov added: ‘All relevant documents have been submitted.
‘There was an application from a family member, consent from a clinic in Germany and documents for transportation (by air ambulance).
Yulia Navalny, the campaigner’s wife and mother of his two children, said she believes the Kremlin is delaying Navalny’s release so the poison in his system becomes undetectable
Navalny’s doctor Anastasia Vasilyeva, who has been forbidden from seeing him, is seen outside the hospital in Ormsk where he is being treated
‘The clinic’s decision is inexplicable and monstrous.’
He said: ‘The doctors have now locked themselves up in the chief doctor’s office.
‘No-one is allowed to see them.’
Navalny’s camp say they are not being given proper details of his condition and have demanded he is allowed onto the air ambulance and flown to Berlin.
The chief doctor in Omsk, Alexander Murakovsky, denied any knowledge of a poison in Navalny’s body, saying tests are underway and will take two more days.
‘We cannot allow for the patient to be transported even under the responsibility of relatives unless the patient’s clinical condition is stable,’ he said.
‘His current state causes our concern in relation to transportation.’
If he was moved ‘anything can happen including the saddest thing possible’.
Navalny has been campaigning against corruption at Russian state-owned companies since 2008, and vowed to oppose Putin at the 2018 election but was banned from running
Omsk transport police spokeswoman Yulia Shwartz refused to confirm a deadly substance had been found.
‘The analysis is still ongoing and so far we do not have any results.’
Russia has dispatched intensive care specialists, neurophysiologists and anaesthetists were sent to Omsk from two top Moscow clinics, the Pirogov Medical and Surgical Centre and the Burdenko Centre of Neurosurgery.
Navalny’s wife Yulia flew yesterday to be at his hospital amid claims that relatives were not being given the full facts of his condition.
German chancellor Angela Merkel offered treatment in Germany for the Putin foe.
‘I hope that he can recover and… he can receive from us all the help and medical support needed,’ she said.
Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov wished Navalny a ‘speedy recovery’ and said the Kremlin. Would help secure him treatment abroad if needed.
He claimed the poisoning allegations were ‘only assumptions’ until tests proved otherwise.
Political analyst Tatiana Stanovaya said Navalny had ‘hundreds of enemies including some hardened individuals’, pointing to his anti-corruption investigations that attract millions of views online.
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