The European Union calls on Russian authorities to immediately begin a transparent investigation into the situation with the alleged poisoning of Alexei Navalny, as stated by the head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell.
The European Union strongly condemns what seems to be an attempt on Mr Navalny’s life. It is imperative that the Russian authorities initiate an independent and transparent investigation on the poisoning of Mr Navalny without delay. The Russian people, as well as the international community, are demanding the facts behind Mr Navalny’s poisoning. Those responsible must be held to account.
The statement also indicates:
The preliminary test results from the Charité – Universitätsmedizin hospital in Berlin indicate that the Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was poisoned during his stay in Siberia. We are grateful to the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin staff for their treatment of Mr Navalny and wish him a prompt and full recovery.
On August 20, the plane on which Alexei Navalny was returning from Tomsk to Moscow made an emergency landing in Omsk due to the fact that the politician and anti-corruption activist became gravely ill on board. Navalny was placed in the intensive care unit of an Omsk clinic, his press secretary Kira Yarmysh immediately suggested that he was poisoned.
The Russian medical institution claimed that no poisons were found in Navalny’s blood or urine.
Russian doctors stated that they believe that the diagnosis is a metabolic disorder, which led to a sharp drop in blood sugar. On Saturday, Navalny was airlifted to the Berlin clinic Charite.
On Monday, Alexander Murakhovsky, the chief physician of the Omsk emergency hospital No. 1, told reporters that Charite told them that the patient was still “in a stable critical condition,” and the German doctors expressed gratitude to their Omsk colleagues, “and they also did not doubt that the patient’s life managed to save “.
According to Charite on Monday, the diagnostics carried out by German doctors indicate that Navalny was poisoned with a substance from the group of “cholinesterase inhibitors“, and the specific substance that caused the poisoning is unknown, another extensive analysis is being carried out. The clinic also said that Navalny is being treated with atropine in accordance with the diagnosis, he remains in an artificial coma, his condition is “serious”, but there is no acute threat to his life.