Russian opposition leader Navalny able to leave hospital bed


Although noting Navalny’s health reform, the statement did not address the long-term outlook for anti-corruption campaigners and the most prominent rival of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Doctors have previously warned that even though the naval is healing, the toxicity cannot be ruled out by long-term health problems.

The Kremlin has made calls to German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other leaders to answer questions about the poisoning, denying any official involvement.

The news about Navalny’s condition came as his colleagues made some gains in the regional elections held in Russia on Sunday.

In Novosibirsk, who visited Navalny before falling ill, his regional headquarters head Sergei Boiko won a seat on the city council. United Russia, the main Kremlin party Navalny has dubbed “the party of crooks and thieves”, lost its majority on the council, according to preliminary returns. Another Navalny delegate, Kesia Fadeiwa, won a city council seat in Tomsk, the city he had flown to, on which he fell ill.

The German government said tests conducted by laboratories in France and Sweden supported the findings of a German military laboratory that poisoned Soviet-era agent Novachok, the former UK spy of Britain Sergey Scripple and his daughter, Salisbury Was used in , In 2018, England.

German government spokesman Stefan Siebert said the Hague-based organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons is also taking steps to take samples from Navalny.

He said that Germany had asked France and Sweden for an independent examination of the findings. German officials said laboratories from both countries, as well as the OPCW, took new samples from Navalny.

“In separate efforts from the OPCW examinations, which are still ongoing,” Sybet said, the three laboratories independently stated with a second submitted evidence that Mr. Navalny’s poisoning was from a Novich agent. “

“We once again call on Russia to give a statement on the incident,” he said. “We are closely discussing with our European partners about possible next steps.”

Seibert will not identify French and Swedish laboratories. But the head of the Swedish Defense Research Agency, Asha Scott, told the Swedish news agency TT, “We can confirm that we see results similar to the German laboratory, meaning there is no doubt that it is about these substances.”

French President Emmanuel Macron expressed “deep concern over a criminal act” targeting Navalny during a phone call with Putin on Monday.

The statement said France confirmed that its European partners on poisoning also reached the same conclusion.

The Kremlin in a call to Putin “underscored the inconsistency of the baseless allegations against the Russian side” and emphasized Russia’s demand for analysis and handing of samples by Germany. Putin also asked for joint work by German and Russian doctors.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov accused the West of using the incident as an excuse to impose new sanctions against Moscow. He said Navalni’s life was saved by the pilots of the aircraft, who fell fast on board the Siberian city of OPEC after falling on board.

“The perfect action of pilots, ambulance crew and doctors is being presented in the West as a ‘happy coincidence’,” he told RTVI Television in an interview broadcast on Monday.

“He dared to question the professionalism of our doctors, our investigators,” he said. “Arrogance and a sense of one’s own unworthiness have been seen before in Europe, and the results were very tragic.”

Lavrov, who canceled a scheduled visit to Berlin on Tuesday, said Russian officials had conducted a preliminary investigation and that Navalny had documented the meetings before falling ill, but insisted that he should undergo a full criminal investigation To begin with one needs to see evidence of their poison.

“We have our own laws, whereby we cannot believe anyone’s request to open a criminal case,” he said, adding, “We have no legal basis for such an investigation”.

Berlin has rejected Moscow’s suggestions that it is pulling its heels on sharing evidence.

Germany’s findings are confirmed by laboratories abroad, “We do not expect to bring bad news – that is, we should be attacked further, but rather that they themselves must deal with this news,” German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said of the Russian officials.

Asked why no naval samples have been supplied from Russia, German Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Adebehr replied that Mr. Navalny was under Russian treatment in a hospital for 48 hours. “

Russian doctors who treat Navalny in Omsk said that no evidence of poisoning could be found, adding that their transfer was unstable. A German charity sent a medical evacuation plane to bring him to Berlin, which German doctors said he had stabilized.

“There are specimens on the Russian side from Mr. Navalny,” Adibhar said. “The Russian side is called upon, even though three independent laboratories have established the results, to explain themselves, and Russia has … all the information and all the samples it needs for analysis.”

Navalny was placed in an induced coma for more than a week, as hospital officials said a week earlier that she was moved out of the hospital as her condition improved.