The top physician on the Siberian hospital treating Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny stated on Friday he had been recognized with a metabolic illness brought on by low blood sugar.
Alexander Murakhovsky, the pinnacle physician on the hospital treating Navalny within the metropolis of Omsk, additionally stated traces of commercial chemical substances had been discovered on the 44-year-old’s garments and fingers.
“Right this moment we’ve got some working diagnoses. The primary one is … a metabolic dysfunction,” Murakhovsky stated, including that Navalny’s situation “could also be brought on by a sudden drop of blood sugar ranges”.
The announcement got here shortly after allies of Navalny accused the Kremlin of thwarting his medical evacuation to Germany, saying the choice locations his life in mortal hazard as a result of the Siberian hospital treating him is under-equipped.
Navalny, a fierce critic of President Vladimir Putin and his lieutenants, is in a critical situation after ingesting tea on a aircraft on Thursday that his allies consider was laced with poison. A physician on Friday stated his situation had improved a bit of in a single day.
Navalny’s spouse Yulia Navalnaya and his spokeswoman Kira Yarmysh spoke out in opposition to the Kremlin after Murakhovsky stated shifting him would put his life in danger as a result of he was nonetheless in a coma and his situation unstable.
“The ban on transporting Navalny is an try on his life being carried out proper now by docs and the deceitful authorities which have authorised it,” Yarmysh wrote on social media.
She stated docs had beforehand consented to his being moved, however had withheld their settlement on the final minute.
“This choice, after all, was not made by them however by the Kremlin,” stated Yarmysh.
Afterward Friday, Navalnaya made a direct attraction to Putin to allow her husband’s medical evacuation to Germany.
She posted a letter on Navalny’s Twitter account she had signed addressed to Putin, saying: “I formally apply to you with a requirement for permission to take Alexei Navalny to Germany.”
The dispute over shifting Navalny broke out as a German air ambulance landed in Omsk, town the place he’s being handled, with the intention of flying him to Germany for therapy if attainable.
Murakhovsky informed reporters many authorized questions would have to be resolved earlier than Navalny may very well be handed over to European docs.
He stated prime docs had been flown in from Moscow to deal with Navalny. The Moscow docs had been no worse than their European counterparts, he stated.
Afterward Friday, the Kremlin stated not evacuating Navalny was “purely a medical choice”.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov stated the German docs who arrived on Friday had been invited to hitch Russian docs treating Navalny.
Navalny’s workforce cited a police officer as saying a extremely harmful substance had been recognized in his physique that posed a threat to everybody round him who ought to due to this fact put on protecting fits.
Navalny’s workforce stated it believed authorities wished to stall for time in order that any hint of what poisoned him would disappear.
Navalny, a lawyer and anti-corruption campaigner, is amongst Putin’s fiercest critics. He misplaced consciousness whereas on a flight on Thursday and his aircraft made an emergency touchdown.
Medical doctors stated they had been working to avoid wasting his life after he went right into a coma and was placed on a ventilator in intensive care.