Russian opponent Alexeï Navalny landed in a medical plane in Berlin on Saturday August 22. In a coma since Thursday, he was transported to the Charité hospital, one of the most famous in Europe. Those around him continue to attribute his coma to voluntary poisoning.
The medicalized plane carrying the main Russian opponent Alexeï Navalny, in a coma due according to his relatives to a “poisoning”, landed Saturday, August 22 in the morning at Berlin airport where he must be treated.
The private plane, which took off from the Siberian city of Omsk after long and intense negotiations, touched down at around 8.47am local time (6.47am GMT) on the tarmac at Tegel airport in the northwest. from Berlin, according to the air traffic monitoring site Flightradar24. The spokesperson for the opponent, Kira Iarmych, confirmed the arrival of the device. “The plane with Alexei has just landed in Berlin,” she wrote on Twitter.
It was originally scheduled to land at Schönefeld Airport in the south-eastern part of the city, but eventually headed for the other airport in the German capital, Tegel. The aircraft landed in the military part of this airport where many ambulances were waiting, according to the German daily Bild. No reason was immediately put forward for this sudden change. The 44-year-old opponent in serious condition should be immediately transported to Charité hospital, one of the most famous in Europe.
Arm wrestling between the opponent’s entourage and his Russian doctors
His arrival in the German capital comes after a day of arm wrestling between his relatives and Russian doctors over his evacuation. “Thank you all for your perseverance. Without your support, we would not have been able to take him!”, Thanked before takeoff, on Instagram the wife of the opponent, Yulia Navalnaya, who accompanied him on the flight. She posted a photo of her husband’s stretcher on the plane.
The Russian hospital where the former lawyer was admitted on Thursday gave the green light to his transport to Germany on Friday evening, saying his condition was “stable”, after initially opposing it. The medical plane which took the opponent to Germany was chartered by the German NGO Cinema for Peace. He arrived at Omsk airport on Friday morning. German doctors were able to examine Alexeï Navalny and ensure that they were able to transport him to Berlin for the necessary treatment.
Alexei Navalny was on Thursday from Tomsk, Siberia, to Moscow by plane when he became unwell. The aircraft had to make an emergency landing in Omsk. After being admitted to the hospital in this western Siberian city, he was placed in intensive care under artificial respiration. He was in a coma, in serious condition before leaving for the German capital. The German NGO Cinema for Peace, committed to the defense of human rights, provided funding for this medical transport with private funds but without providing details.
The entourage advances the thesis of poisoning
Those around him claim that he was the victim of “intentional poisoning”, “with something mixed in his tea”. Russian doctors have assured them that they have detected “no poison” in the blood and urine of Alexey Navalny. They emphasized favoring the hypothesis of a “carbohydrate imbalance”, caused by a drop in blood sugar levels.
A spokeswoman for Alexei Navalny attributed the initial refusal of Russian doctors to let him go to an intention to “buy time and wait until the poison can no longer be detected in his body.” The hospital finally gave its agreement in the evening, after the examination by the German doctors of the patient, a letter from his wife Yulia Navalnaya asking President Vladimir Putin to authorize the evacuation, and after the family of the opponent appealed to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).
The Charité hospital in Berlin had treated in 2018 another Russian opponent, Piotr Verzilov, transported by the same NGO. The latter, cured, had also denounced poisoning.
Main opponent of the Kremlin, whose publications denouncing the corruption of Russian elites are widely shared on the internet, Alexeï Navalny has already been the victim of physical attacks. In recent years, many opponents of the Kremlin have been victims of poisoning, or have denounced it, in Russia and abroad. The Russian authorities have always denied any responsibility.