Berlin clinic publishes report on Navalny’s treatment

Berlin clinic publishes report on Navalny's treatment

The Charite clinic in Berlin published a report on the treatment of Alexei Navalny.

The report chronologically describes the events of August 20, 2020, when Navalny felt ill. At the Omsk hospital, medics point out, he was in a comatose state with hypersalivation and increased sweating, and was diagnosed with respiratory failure, myoclonic status, carbohydrate metabolism disorders, electrolyte disorders, and metabolic encephalopathy. Russian doctors intubated the patient and put him on a ventilator.

Then, on August 22, Navalny was taken to Charite, where he was diagnosed with “severe cholinesterase inhibitor poisoning,” according to the report.

Earlier, on December 23, Russian Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations Dmitry Polyansky warned Germany about responsibility for defamation in the Navalny case. According to him, Berlin is playing along with the opposition leader’s “phantasmagoric revelations.”

Russian authorities, including President Vladimir Putin, have repeatedly called on Berlin and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) to provide an official conclusion about the possible use of the nerve agent Novichok against the opposition leader and to bring biological material to Moscow for a joint investigation of the case. However, the requests of the Russian side, as noted by the head of state, are ignored.

Alexei Navalny’s condition rapidly deteriorated during his flight from Tomsk to Moscow on August 20; the plane made an emergency landing in Omsk. On August 22, the opposition leader was taken to a clinic in Berlin, where experts said that he had found traces of a Novichok substance in his body. Russian doctors, who also conducted tests, found no poisons. After his recovery, Navalny claimed that the Russian leadership was involved in his poisoning.