Kremlin turns down findings that leading opposition figure was poisoned

Kremlin rejects findings that leading opposition figure was poisoned

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MOSCOW — The Kremlin on Tuesday rejected having anything to do with the evident poisoning of Russia’s most popular opposition leader, Alexei Navalny.

“We cannot take these accusations seriously,” Kremlin representative Dmitry Peskov informed press reporters in Moscow. “Let’s put it this way: Accusations that simply cannot be true in any way are empty noise. We do not intend to take them seriously.”

Peskov likewise stated that German physicians declaring to have actually discovered proof of poisoning were hurrying to conclusions.

Alexei Navalny.Shamil Zhumatov / Reuters

The Charité Clinic in Berlin, which has actually been dealing with Navalny given that he was airlifted out of Siberia by a German ambulance flight on Saturday, provided a declaration Monday stating laboratory analyses revealed Navalny was poisoned with a compound utilized in nerve representatives.

“It is important here to calmly analyze what was said and written,” Peskov included. “We have not learned anything new here. … Unfortunately, the substance cannot be identified. The analysis done by both our doctors and German doctors is the same. But the conclusions differ.”

Navalny fell seriously ill on a flight recently, requiring the airplane to do an emergency situation landing in the Siberian city of Omsk, where he invested 2 days on a ventilator and in a coma in what physicians referred to as vital condition.

He was airlifted to Germany on Saturday after 2 days of lobbying by his household and advocates. While airlift was possible quicker, physicians in Omsk firmly insisted Navalny remained in no condition to take a trip, although his partners state authorities were stalling to enable any toxin in his system to dissipate.

Navalny is among Russia’s best-known figures. An outspoken critic of President Vladimir Putin, he has actually invested much of the previous years in opposition politics as part of an anti-corruption examination, releasing slick YouTube videos detailing main corruption at all levels.

These efforts have actually made him lots of opponents in Russia beyond the Kremlin’s walls.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stated in a declaration Tuesday that the United States was “deeply concerned” by reported initial conclusions from German medical specialists that Navalny was poisoned.

“If the reports prove accurate, the United States supports the EU’s call for a comprehensive investigation and stands ready to assist in that effort,” the declaration stated.

“Navalny’s family and the Russian people deserve to see a full and transparent investigation carried out, and for those involved to be held accountable,” it stated.

Navalny would not be the very first challenger of Moscow or Putin to be poisoned. Activist Petr Verzilov was poisoned in 2018, and like Navalny he fell under a coma and was left to Berlin. In 2015, another opposition figure, Vladimir Kara-Murza, was likewise poisoned.

The Charite declaration stated that whatever compound was utilized on Navalny, while not yet recognized, came from a group of cholinesterase inhibitors — which are utilized in pesticides, have some minimal medical applications and are likewise utilized in chemical weapons.

“The effect of the poison — namely, the inhibition of cholinesterase in the body — was confirmed by multiple tests in independent laboratories,” Charite stated in its declaration Monday. “As a result of this diagnosis, the patient is now being treated with the antidote atropine.”

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Doctors in Omsk have actually stated that they did not discover any indication of poisoning while tending to Navalny. The chief medical professional of the Omsk health center, Alexander Murakhovsky, repeated this a number of times at a press conference Monday early morning.

Navalny partners and advocates have actually recommended that the medical analysis in Omsk underwent push from the Russian security services. Murakhovsky on Monday rejected that there was any type of outdoors impact on his analysis of Navalny’s condition.

“I can say, as I have already said, that we treated the patient and saved him,” Murakhovsky said in response to a journalist from an independent Russian TV station. “There was not, and might not have actually been, any type of impact on the client’s treatment.”

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