German medics carry out Russian Opposition leader Alexei Navalny (inset) on a stretcher on Saturday after he arrived by air ambulance to Berlin’s Tegel airport following a suspected poisoning. (AFP)
By David Rising ;
Navalny’s supporters believe that the tea he drank was laced with poison — and that the Kremlin is behind both his illness and the delay in transferring him to a top German hospital
Russian dissident Alexei Navalny, who is in a coma after a suspected poisoning, arrived in Berlin on a special flight Saturday for treatment by specialists at the German capital’s main hospital. A representative of the NGO that arranged the flight confirmed that the plane had landed and that Navalny was in stable condition. “Navalny is in Berlin,” Jaka Bizilj, of the German organisation Cinema For Peace, told The Associated Press. “He survived the flight and he’s stable.”
He said all other information on the 44-year-old’s health would have to come from his family and the German doctors now looking after him. After touching down shortly before 9 A.M. At a special area of the capital’s Tegel airport used for Government and military flights, Navalny was taken by ambulance to the downtown campus of Berlin’s Charite hospital.
Navalny, a politician and corruption investigator who is one of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s fiercest critics, was admitted to an intensive care unit in the Siberian city of Omsk on Thursday. His supporters believe that tea he drank was laced with poison — and that the Kremlin is behind both his illness and the delay in transferring him to a top German hospital.