Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny will be flown out of Russia after his wife begged President Vladimir Putin to release her comatose husband amid claims of a cover-up by Russian doctors who claimed he has a heart disease.
Navalny’s wife Yulia, begged arch-rival Vladimir Putin to allow him to sick leave letter the country for treatment after he fell into a coma amid suspicion he was poisoned with a cup of tea.
Yulia , who has been barred from seeing her husband since he fell unconscious on a flight from Siberia to Moscow yesterday, said it is vital he is taken to Germany for specialist treatment.
This afternoon, doctors at the Siberian hospital where Navalny is being treated, permitted his transportation to a top German medical facility.
A medical plane chartered from Berlin by Navalny’s allies arrived in Omsk, the Siberian city where he is being treated, on Friday – but Russian doctors had initially denied them permission to move him, saying his condition is too unstable.
German medics were briefly allowed to see the 44-year-old and ruled he was fit to fly, Navalny’s press secretary said, before they were marched into a nearby car and kicked out of the hospital.
Alexander Murakhovsky, the hospital’s head doctor, has flatly denied claims that Navalny was poisoned – saying he is suffering from a heart condition caused by low blood sugar.
He also said that ‘industrial chemicals’ were found on his hands and clothes, but did not say what they were.
Medics at the hospital insist they are more than capable of treating the condition, even as pictures laid bare the grim interior of the Soviet-era building.
Yulia Navalny, wife of Russian opposition leader Alexei, has begged arch-rival Vladimir Putin to allow her husband to be taken out of the country for treatment after he fell into a coma amid suspicion he was poisoned with toxins mixed into his tea
Doctors at the hospital where Putin critic Alexei Navalny is being treated say that no trace of poison has been found in his body – though a chemical was found on his clothes and hands
Alexei Navalny remain in a coma in a Russian hospital after allies say he was poisoned with a ‘deadly’ substance that was slipped into his cup of tea (pictured drinking it)
Yulia, in a letter to Putin, said it is vital her husband is flown out of the country to be treated by specialists – as pictures revealed the filthy interior of the hospital where he is being treated
Navalny was taken to Ormsk hospital, in Siberia, yesterday after he fell unconscious on a flight.
Since then the hospital has been flooded by security guards and Russian police (pictured)
Medics at the hospital, who insist Navalny was not poisoned and is suffering a metabolic condition caused by low blood sugar, insist they are more than capable of treating his condition – even as pictures revealed the grim conditions (left and right)
Images showed paint peeling from the walls, signs of water damage, rusted sinks and doors, an unclean toilet and parts of the building covered in plywood.
Another image showed two Russian security personnel in suits marching down a dimly-lit corridor towards a masked doctor coming in the opposite direction.
Yulia, Navalny’s wife, accused the Kremlin of forcing doctors to delay the evacuation until all traces of poison have disappeared from her husband’s body, making it impossible to prove that he was attacked.
The Kremlin has denied involvement, insisting that the decision to keep Navalny in Russia was a ‘purely a medical decision’.
Kira Yarmysh, his press secretary, said doctors and the Kremlin had both agreed to the move but at 9.45am – 15 minutes before the evacuation plane arrived – medics suddenly changed their minds.
‘Until now, doctors have said that they are ready to authorize transportation,’ she tweeted early Friday.
‘That is why we organized it in the shortest possible time.
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