Moscow, Russia – Alexei Navalny statement from the Russian Foreign Ministry: there is an absolute sense that the script was written in advance.
‘There is an absolute sense that the script was written in advance,’ Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said, adding that Russia had not received clear data from Germany on the plight of Russian dissident Navalny.
Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Zakharova said Russia had not received clear information or data from Germany on the condition of opposition politician Alexei Navalny, who was detained and poisoned at a clinic in the city of Berlin. Zakharova said, ” there was no answer. Neither on the official request of the Russian attorney general, nor on the objections of our Omsk doctors. Nothing, nothing. There is an absolute sense that the script was written in advance,” she said. Zakharova stressed that Germany should provide information to Russia.
Alexei Navalny out of coma
Opposition politician Alexei Navalny, who was taken under observation at a clinic in Berlin, Germany, and was pronounced poisoned, has come out of a coma. German media reported last-minute news that German doctors had announced that Navalny, was recovering in his condition for the first time after being hospitalized. Navalny, on the other hand, had begun to react to the conversations.
Russia’s Navalny out of coma after poisoning
Doctors treating Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny say he is out of an induced coma and his condition, since being poisoned, has improved.
He is responding to verbal stimuli, they said. Mr Navalny, 44, was flown to Germany after falling ill on a flight in Siberia in August.
His team allege he was poisoned on the orders of Russian President Vladimir Putin, who denies any involvement.
German doctors say the Putin critic was poisoned with a Novichok nerve agent.
On Monday, the Charité hospital in Berlin said in a statement that Mr Navalny was being weaned off mechanical ventilation.
“He is responding to verbal stimuli. It remains too early to gauge the potential long-term effects of his severe poisoning,” it said.
It also said doctors were in close contact with Mr Navalny’s wife.
Mr Navalny’s spokeswoman, Kira Yarmysh, tweeted: “News about Alexei. Today he was taken out of induced coma. Gradually he will be switched off from a ventilator. He responds to speech and to being addressed to.”
Mr Navalny is an anti-corruption campaigner who in recent years has become the most prominent opposition politician in Putin’s Russia.
What happened to Alexei Navalny?
Mr Navalny fell ill on 20 August on a flight from Tomsk to Moscow. His supporters suspect poison was placed in a cup of tea at Tomsk airport.
“Alexei started moaning and screaming. He was clearly in pain. He was lying on the floor in the part of the plane reserved for cabin crew,” a passenger seated near Mr Navalny on the plane told BBC Russian.
The plane was diverted to Omsk, where the opposition politician was admitted to an emergency hospital. Russian officials initially refused to allow Mr Navalny to be transferred abroad for medical treatment but after three days he was flown by air ambulance to Berlin.
Last week, doctors in Germany said the results of toxicology tests carried out at a military laboratory gave “unequivocal proof” that Mr Navalny was poisoned with a Novichok nerve agent.
Doctors in Omsk insisted that no poisonous substances had been detected in Mr Navalny’s body when he was under their care.
On Monday, the Kremlin said it was “absurd” to blame Russia for Mr Navalny’s poisoning. “Attempts to somehow associate Russia with what happened are unacceptable to us, they are absurd,” Mr Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said.
Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said the allegation that Novichok was used was not backed up by evidence.
A Novichok nerve agent was used to poison former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the UK in 2018. A UK investigation blamed the Russian state.
What’s the international reaction?
On Monday, the British government summoned the Russian ambassador to the UK “to register deep concern about the poisoning”.
“It’s completely unacceptable that a banned chemical weapon has been used and Russia must hold a full, transparent investigation,” Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said on Monday.
In Germany there is growing pressure for Chancellor Angela Markel to take a tougher stance over the incident. Last week, she said Mr Navalny was the victim of attempted murder and that the world would look to Russia for answers.
What is Navalny known for?
Mr Navalny is an anti-corruption campaigner who has led nationwide protests against the Russian authorities. He first made his mark in 2008 when he started blogging about alleged malpractice and corruption at some of Russia’s big state-controlled corporations.
He has called Mr Putin’s party a place of “crooks and thieves” that is “sucking the blood out of Russia”, and has faced attacks in the past.
However, he has been banned from standing against Mr Putin in recent elections because of a conviction for embezzlement. He denies the crime, saying his legal troubles are Kremlin reprisals for his fierce criticism. BBC