Russia to probe Kremlin critic Navalny’s poisoning


Moscow, August 27

The Russian police on Thursday introduced a preliminary probe into the circumstances of the sudden sickness of opposition chief Alexei Navalny, who slipped right into a coma final week following suspected poisoning and amid rising strain from Western officers to research.

According to an announcement launched on Thursday by a Siberian department of Russia’s Interior Ministry, investigators in Siberia have been engaged on “establishing all circumstances of the incident,” conducting forensic studies and collecting items “that may have probative value.” Navalny, an opposition politician and corruption investigator, who is one of President Vladimir Putin’s fiercest critics, fell ill on a flight back to Moscow from Siberia last Thursday and was taken to a hospital in the Siberian city of Omsk. Over the weekend, he was transferred to the Charite hospital in Berlin, where doctors found indications of “cholinesterase inhibitors” in his system.

Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov stated he noticed no grounds for a prison case till the reason for the politician’s situation was absolutely established. The Interior Ministry’s assertion did not make clear when the preliminary probe — an inquiry to find out whether or not a prison investigation ought to be launched — had began.

he announcement comes after a number of Western and European officers, together with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, referred to as upon Russia to start out a full and clear investigation into Navalny’s situation.. — AP



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