Friday, August 21, 2020

Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny seriously ill but not poisoned, say Russian doctors

"We don't believe that the patient suffered from poisoning," deputy chief doctor Anatoly Kalinichenko at Omsk hospital said.

By Adela Suliman

Medical tests on Kremlin critic and opposition leader Alexei Navalny have found no traces of poison, Russian doctors said on Friday. Navalny remains in a serious condition in a hospital in Siberia after his supporters say he was poisoned.

"Poisoning as a diagnosis remains on the back burner, but we don't believe that the patient suffered from poisoning," Deputy chief doctor Anatoly Kalinichenko at Omsk hospital told reporters on Friday.

Kalinichenko added that Navalny's diagnosis had been determined and relayed to his family members, but the doctor refused to reveal it to reporters, citing patient confidentiality laws.

However Navalny's spokesperson, Kira Yarmysh, disputed this in a tweet and said his family had not been told his diagnosis.  Read more >>