Russian doctors claim to have saved Alexei Navalny’s life

Russian doctors said on Monday that they saved the life of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, who was in a coma following allegations of being poisoned – and denied that there was any official interference in his treatment, according to reports.

Doctors at the Siberian hospital where the dissident was first treated before being flown to Germany said they found no trace of poison in his system, Reuters reported.

“We saved his life with great commitment and work,” said Dr. Alexander Murakhovsky during a press conference in the Siberian capital of Omsk, where Navalny’s plane to Moscow made an emergency landing on Thursday.

Anatoly Kalinichenko, a senior doctor at the hospital, told reporters: “If we had found some kind of poison that was somehow confirmed, it would have been much easier for us.

“It would have been a clear diagnosis, a clear condition, and a well-known course of treatment,” he added.

A stretcher is picked up from a special plane carrying Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny at Tegel Airport in Berlin, Germany.
A stretcher is picked up from a special plane with Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny on board at Tegel Airport in Berlin, Germany.AP

The Omsk regional health ministry said this weekend that caffeine and alcohol were found in Navalny’s urine, but “no convulsive or synthetic poisons were detected.”

“Yes, of course we found substances,” Kalinichenko said, adding that Navalny did not have alcohol poisoning, Agence France-Presse reported.

Navalny aides said they believe he was poisoned with a cup of tea, blaming President Vladimir Putin.

On Saturday, the 44-year-old was flown to Belin’s Charite hospital, where he was reported to be in stable condition.

His allies accused the doctors of delaying his evacuation to Germany. Russian doctors initially said he was in no condition to be transported there for treatment.

Medical specialists transport Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny on a stretcher in an ambulance on their way to an airport before his medical evacuation to Germany.
Medical specialists transport Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny on a stretcher in an ambulance on their way to an airport before his medical evacuation to Germany.REUTERS

On Monday, doctors in Siberia did not say what exactly they had done to save his life or what they had treated him for. Last week, they said they had diagnosed him with a metabolic disease likely caused by low blood sugar.

Doctors also denied that they were influenced by officials during treatment.

“There was no a priori influence on the patient’s treatment and there could not be any,” Murakhovsky said. “We didn’t agree on any diagnosis with anyone. There was no pressure on us from doctors or other forces. “

Meanwhile, Jaka Bizilj, founder of the German Cinema for Peace Foundation, told Bild news over the weekend that Navalny would survive.

“Navalny will survive the poison attack, but will remain incapacitated for months as a politician,” Bizilj said.

But Kira Yarmysh, Navalny’s spokesperson, said there were no new details about his condition yet and that only she or the doctors treating him would be able to provide accurate information.

With Post cables

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