The pinnacle physician on the Siberian hospital treating Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny mentioned 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 mentioned traces of business chemical substances had been discovered on the 44-year-old’s garments and fingers.
“Today we have some working diagnoses. The main one is … a metabolic disorder,” Murakhovsky mentioned, including that Navalny’s situation “may be caused by a sudden drop of blood sugar levels”.
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 severe situation after consuming tea on a aircraft on Thursday that his allies imagine was laced with poison. A physician on Friday mentioned his situation had improved a little bit in a single day.
Navalny’s spouse Yulia Navalnaya and his spokeswoman Kira Yarmysh spoke out towards the Kremlin after Murakhovsky mentioned transferring 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 attempt on his life being carried out right now by doctors and the deceitful authorities that have authorised it,” Yarmysh wrote on social media.
She mentioned docs had beforehand consented to his being moved, however had withheld their settlement on the final minute.
“This decision, of course, was not made by them but by the Kremlin,” mentioned Yarmysh.
In a while Friday, Navalnaya made a direct enchantment 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 officially apply to you with a demand for permission to take Alexei Navalny to Germany.”
The dispute over transferring Navalny broke out as a German air ambulance landed in Omsk, the town the place he’s being handled, with the intention of flying him to Germany for remedy if doable.
Murakhovsky informed reporters many authorized questions would should be resolved earlier than Navalny could possibly be handed over to European docs.
He mentioned prime docs had been flown in from Moscow to deal with Navalny. The Moscow docs had been no worse than their European counterparts, he mentioned.
In a while Friday, the Kremlin mentioned not evacuating Navalny was “purely a medical decision”.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov mentioned the German docs who arrived on Friday had been invited to affix Russian docs treating Navalny.
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Leonid Volkov, Navalny’s chief of employees, later informed reporters at a information convention in Berlin: “The German doctors who came on this flight … finally got access to him just several minutes ago.”
However the aide mentioned that Navalny’s household nonetheless had “no diagnosis, no analysis” and no entry to dependable information about his situation, accusing the Russian authorities of making an attempt to conduct a “cover-up operation”.
Describing the scenario at Omsk hospital, he mentioned: “The medical employees, the individuals in white robes, had been actually substituted by individuals in gray fits of their places of work.
“Our demand stays the same: we have to bring him to some place, to Berlin to Charite, where independent analysis can be done of what is happening to him,” Volkov mentioned.
The Cinema for Peace Basis, the German activist organisation that despatched the aircraft for Navalny, mentioned on Friday the German docs mentioned he was in a match state to be airlifted.
“We heard back from the German medical team that they are able and willing to fly Mr Navalny to Berlin, and that this is also the wish of his family,” the inspiration mentioned in a press release.
“The Russian authorities state that they consulted with the German doctors and that it is not safe for him to travel. This is incorrect,” the assertion mentioned.