Russia Accuses Germany of Refusing to Cooperate on Navalny Medical Probe

Russia on Friday accused Germany of refusing to cooperate with it to establish the cause of opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s illness as he continues to recover in Berlin.

The 44-year-old lawyer and anti-corruption campaigner collapsed on a flight to Moscow from Siberia in what his allies say was a state-sanctioned poison attack.

He was discharged from a hospital in Berlin this week after receiving treatment for a month.

The foreign ministry said in a statement that doctors in Siberia had passed information to their colleagues in Berlin and that Russia was ready to collaborate for the sake of Navalny’s “speedy recovery”.

“Unfortunately, in response we received a categorical refusal from the German government to cooperate in establishing the truth about the situation with Alexei Navalny,” the statement said.

Labs in Germany, France and Sweden have said they confirmed the staunch critic of President Vladimir Putin was poisoned with Novichok, a Soviet military-grade nerve agent.

The Kremlin has denied the allegations and accused Western leaders of launching a disinformation campaign over the opposition leader’s illness.

The foreign ministry called Germany’s conclusion that Navalny was poisoned with Novichok “predictable” and said it was reached “in the atmosphere of ongoing anti-Russian hysteria in the West”.

Russia insists medical tests its doctors carried out found no poison in Navalny’s body. It says it lacks grounds for a criminal investigation, despite international calls for a transparent probe.

Navalny’s spokeswoman Kira Yarmysh said Friday that his recovery would “take a long time” and that he would undergo rehabilitation in Germany. 

In a blog post on earlier on Friday, Navalny thanked Russian pilots who made an emergency landing when he fell ill and the paramedics who first treated him.

(c) The Moscow Times

3 comments

  • The foreign ministry said in a statement that doctors in Siberia had passed information to their colleagues in Berlin and that Russia was ready to collaborate for the sake of Navalny’s “speedy recovery”.

    This despicable act by Putin, and they are still playing the innocent victim. We know from past experience regarding Crimea and MH17, that Muscovy only hinder, never help any investigation. Criminals don’t get to see evidence until the trial in a court of law. Real evidence, not Russian fabricated evidence.

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  • Mafia land has absolutely no interest in uncovering the truth behind Navalny’s poisoning. It would only uncover its own criminal behavior. That’s as obvious as the sun on a clear midday sky.

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  • Since when the investigators/police work together with the criminal to investigate the crime of the criminal? Only in The Russia.

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