Navalny is being handled in a Berlin hospital after falling ailing on a flight from Siberia final week. He was transferred to the German capital from the Siberian metropolis of Omsk on Saturday morning.

“We are dealing with a patient who, it is fairly likely, was poisoned,” Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman, Steffen Seibert, advised journalists throughout a press briefing on Monday. “Because there is a certain probability of a poison attack, protection is necessary,” Seibert mentioned.

Navalny’s spokesperson Kira Yarmysh mentioned final week that he fell sick from suspected poisoning on a flight to Moscow from the Siberian metropolis of Tomsk.

Navalny, a critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, has been receiving remedy at Berlin’s Charite Hospital which, in response to Seibert, might be offering updates on the opposition chief’s situation. Jaka Bizilj, chairman for Cinema for Peace Foundation, which organized the medical evacuation, advised CNN on Saturday that Navalny was in a “stable condition.”

German army emergency personnel load the stretcher that was used to transport Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny into an ambulance on August 22, 2020 at Berlin's Charite hospital.

The Siberian hospital that had beforehand been treating Navalny on Friday rejected claims he had been poisoned — at the same time as his spouse mentioned the docs there couldn’t be trusted.

On Friday, Anatoly Kalinichenko, the deputy chief doctor on the Russian hospital the place Navalny was being handled advised a information convention that no poisons have been present in Navalny’s blood or urine. “We don’t believe that the patient suffered poisoning,” Kalinichenko advised native journalists.

“Poisons or traces of their presence in the body have not been identified. Probably, the diagnosis of ‘poisoning’ remains somewhere in the back of our minds. But we do not believe that the patient suffered poisoning,” he added.

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