Russian government critic Alexei Navalny has been in a coma for a week. His Berlin doctors are seeing signs of poisoning. Russian investigators are now turning to the Charite to resolve the matter.
The Russian Public Prosecutor’s Office has asked Germany for help in the case of the alleged poisoning of government critic Alexej Navalny. A spokesman for the Interfax office said in Moscow on Thursday that the German side had been asked to provide explanations, information and evidence about the diagnosis of the doctors at Charité University Hospital in Berlin. In addition, research results have been requested.
Preliminary investigation: no evidence of a deliberate crime
Germany has agreed to cooperate with the Russian authorities, the spokesman said. The federal government in Berlin had requested an investigation into the circumstances. According to its own statements, the Russian prosecution sees no reason for a criminal investigation. The preliminary investigation had not yet revealed any evidence that “an intentional crime” had been committed against Navalny.
Navalny has been in a coma for a week. He has been treated in Berlin since Saturday. His team said Russian President Vladimir Putin’s critic had been poisoned while on a political trip to Siberia. After evaluating the clinical findings, the doctors at the Berlin Charité assumed they had been poisoned. Initially, Russian doctors found no evidence of this.