The most important things in a nutshell: The Russian opposition politician Alexej Navalny is in a coma after he suddenly passed out on a flight. His team speaks of a poisoning, the Russian doctors do not claim to have found any traces of it. Angela Merkel had offered to treat Navalny in Germany. After a visit from German doctors, the green light was finally given for a transfer. On Saturday morning at 8:47 a.m. the special plane landed in Berlin with Navalny on board.
Navalny arrived in Berlin Charité
10:26 am: The Kremlin critic Alexej Navalny arrived at the Charité University Hospital in Berlin on Saturday morning. The 44-year-old should be treated there. An intensive care vehicle from the Bundeswehr brought him to the clinic.
Navalny’s condition was “stable” during the flight and after landing, Bizilj told “Bild”. Bizilj was involved in the organization of a rescue plane with medical personnel from Germany.
Navalny landed in Berlin
08.46 a.m .: According to his spokeswoman, the possibly poisoned Kremlin critic Alexej Navalny arrived in Berlin on a special flight for treatment. The 44-year-old landed at Tegel Airport on Saturday morning, as announced by his spokeswoman Kira Jarmysch and the film producer Jaka Bizilj.
After possible poisoning: Navalny on the way to Germany
Saturday, August 22nd, 6.59 a.m .: The prominent Kremlin critic Alexej Navalny is on his way to Germany for treatment in a special aircraft after a possible poisoning. This was announced by his spokeswoman Kira Jarmysch on the Saturday night after departure in the Siberian city of Omsk in the short message service Twitter.
Omsk near the border with Kazakhstan is around 4,000 kilometers from Berlin, and the flight takes several hours. The 44-year-old has been in a coma since Thursday and is artificially ventilated. After arriving in Berlin, he will be treated in the Charité hospital.
The airport manager in Omsk also confirmed the departure of the Interfax agency. “Many thanks to everyone for their support. The fight for Alexei’s life and health is only just beginning, and there is still a lot to be done. At least the first step has now been taken,” Jarmysch continued.
10:25 p.m .: The departure of the prominent Kremlin critic Alexej Navalny for Germany will be delayed by a few hours, according to the authorities in the Siberian Omsk. The special aircraft chartered in Berlin will not take off until Saturday morning, local time, said the region’s Ministry of Health, as reported by the Russian news agency Tass. The reason given was that the pilots had to comply with statutory rest periods.
Nawalny’s spokeswoman Kira Jarmysch also wrote on Twitter that it could take several hours before departure. She didn’t give any details. Omsk is four hours ahead of Central European Summer Time (CEST). However, the plane is expected in Berlin this Saturday, where Navalny is to be treated in the Charité after his possible poisoning.
The opposition has been in a coma since Thursday and is artificially ventilated. Nawalny’s team believe that he was the victim of a poison attack while traveling through Siberia. The Russian doctors, however, only speak of a metabolic disorder. Only after hours of back and forth did they let go of their concerns about moving to Germany in the evening. Navalny is one of the harshest critics of Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin.
Russian doctors agree to move Navalny to Germany
7.15 p.m.: Un the eyes of the world public, doctors are fighting for the life of the possibly poisoned Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny. The prominent Russian opposition figure remained in a coma in a Siberian hospital on Friday and was still receiving artificial respiration. Only after hours of back and forth did the doctors in Omsk let go of their concerns about being transported to Germany in the evening. The 44-year-old is now to be brought to Berlin in a special aircraft and treated at the Charité.
Navalny’s team believe that the opposition activist was poisoned while traveling through Siberia. From the perspective of the Russian doctors, however, there is no evidence of this. You only spoke of a metabolic disorder. In the evening they agreed to move abroad. The deputy head physician of the Omsk clinic, Anatoly Kalinichenko, said: “We have no objection to a transfer to another hospital.” He described the Kremlin critic’s condition as “stable”.
The Russian medics had previously refused a transport because the patient’s condition did not allow a flight. On the other hand, German doctors who are already in Omsk had no concerns, as the team around the opposition said. “It’s a shame that it took doctors so long to make this decision,” said Navalny’s spokeswoman. She stressed that the authorities and doctors in Siberia had deliberately opposed leaving the country. “Nobody here is interested in saving him. It’s just about hiding a crime.”
Navalny’s wife Julia had previously turned to Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin and asked for an exit permit. His lawyer filed a request with the European Court of Human Rights.
German doctors hold Navalny for transportable to Berlin
5.14 p.m.: The German doctors who examined the Kremlin critic Alexej Navalny, who was in mortal danger, in the hospital in Omsk, Russia, consider him to be transportable, according to the organization Cinema for Peace. The German doctors felt able and willing to fly Navalny to Berlin, said the organization, which has already sent a plane to Omsk. The treating Russian doctors, however, had stated that the opposition politician, who was poisoned in the opinion of those around him, was not transportable.
German doctors have had access to Navalny for the first time
4:27 p.m .: German doctors were admitted to the Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, who was in mortal danger, for the first time on Friday. Navalny’s supporters rated this as a “positive development”, said his chief of staff Leonid Volkov at a press conference of the organization “Cinema for Peace” in Berlin. Previously, the doctors had been denied access to Navalny, who is in a coma in the intensive care unit of a hospital in Omsk, Siberia.
Confidants turn on the European Court of Human Rights
16:26: In the struggle for treatment of the life-threatening Kremlin critic Alexej Navalny in Germany, his confidants turned to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). According to the will of the applicants, the court should ask the Russian government to allow the activist to be transported to Germany, court circles in Strasbourg said on Friday. The application should be examined “within the next few days”.
Nawalny’s relatives and friends want to have him flown out to Germany for further treatment. However, the Russian doctors said on Friday that Navalny was not transportable. No poison was found in his body either.
Federal government: Nawalny’s life must be saved
12:54 p.m .: The federal government continues to advocate the best possible medical care for the possibly poisoned Russian regime critic Alexey Navalny. “The most important priority is of course that the life of Mr. Nawalny can be saved and that he can recover,” said government spokesman Steffen Seibert on Friday in Berlin. “We wish that all medical help that can hopefully save him will be given to him.”
Doctors diagnose metabolic disorder in Navalny
12.43 p.m .: The doctors treating the Russian opposition politician Alexej Navalny said they had diagnosed the Putin critic with a metabolic disorder. The chief doctor Alexander Murachowski said on Friday in a hospital in the Siberian city of Omsk, according to the Interfax agency.
The chief doctor said the doctors found a chemical on Navalny’s clothes and skin. But this is a common chemical that is also used in the production of plastic cups. “It wasn’t found in the blood, but on Nawaly’s skin and clothing,” he said.
Röttgen: “There is strong suspicion that it is another state murder attempt”
11:27 am: The chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Bundestag, Norbert Röttgen (CDU), assumes that the Russian Kremlin critic Alexej Navalny fell victim to an assassination attempt. “The suspicion is strong that it is another state murder,” he told the RedaktionsNetzwerk Deutschland (RND, Friday). “Because it is certain that there has been a series of murders, attempted murder and fatal poisoning by Russian opposition activists and defectors.”
Röttgen added: “It is good and right that the poisoning victim Navalny from Germany is offered medical help that he does not receive in Russia and that he should be flown to Germany for this purpose.” According to the CDU politician, one can only speculate that the civil protests took place in Belarus.
Russian doctors disagree: no poison found
10:23 a.m .: The doctors of the opposition politician Alexej Navalny have so far found no traces of possible poisoning. According to the Interfax agency, deputy chief physician Anatoly Kalinichenko said on Friday in the Siberian city of Omsk, neither poison nor traces of it were found in the blood or urine. “We do not assume that the patient suffered poisoning.” They had already found a diagnosis, Nawalny’s wife and brother had been informed about it.
Navalny’s team: “Deadly agent” found in the organism
8:18 am: According to his team, a presumably “deadly agent” has been found in the organism of the opposition politician Alexej Navalny. The police told the doctors that they had found this dangerous substance, said the head of Navalny’s anti-corruption fund, Ivan Zhdanov, in Omsk on Friday.
The poison is therefore not only dangerous for Navalny, but also for the environment, which is why the wearing of protective suits was instructed, he said. Navalny’s team published the appearance of Zhdanov and the politician’s wife on video. Doctors at the clinic announced on Friday morning that Navalny’s condition had improved.
Russian doctors forbid flights to Germany
Friday, August 21, 7:08 a.m .: According to his Russian doctors, the health of the critically ill Kremlin critic Alexej Navalny is too “unstable” to be brought to Germany. This was announced by Nawalny’s spokeswoman on Friday on the online service Twitter and criticized that the doctors’ decision was a “threat to his life”. The Russian opposition member was hospitalized on Thursday after alleged poisoning.
Merkel offers treatment of Navalny in Germany
7:06 p.m .: Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) has offered treatment for the critically ill Kremlin critic Alexej Navalny in a German hospital. Germany is ready to provide all health assistance for Navalny, “including in German hospitals,” said the Chancellor on Thursday at a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron in southern France.
Kremlin critic in hospital – spokeswoman speaks of “poisoning”
Thursday, August 20, 7:31 a.m .: The well-known Russian Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny has been hospitalized for alleged poisoning, according to information from his environment. Navalny is unconscious and is in intensive care, wrote his spokeswoman Kira Jarmisch on Thursday on the Internet service Twitter. He suffered from “poisoning” and fell ill on a flight from Siberia to Moscow.
The Kremlin critic suddenly lost consciousness on a flight on the way back from the Siberian city of Tomsk to Moscow. Because of the incident, the plane had to make an emergency landing in Omsk. His spokeswoman said Navalny only had black tea at the airport. She is convinced that he was “intentionally poisoned”.
Navalny is now in the intensive care unit in a coma and needs ventilation. The doctors in the intensive care unit of the hospital in Omsk, Siberia, are doing everything “to save his life,” said the clinic’s deputy director, Anatoly Kalinichenko.
On Twitter, Nawalny’s spokeswoman Kira Jarmysch wrote: “We believe that Alexej was poisoned with something mixed in his tea.” The doctors did not initially confirm this. According to the regional health ministry, Navalny is in a natural, not an artificial, coma. Meanwhile, Navalny’s wife Julia arrived in Omsk, 2200 kilometers east of Moscow.
Navalny was in Siberia on a political trip to prepare for the regional elections in September. There he promoted his strategy of what is known as a “smart vote,” aimed at voting for any party – except the Kremlin’s United Russia party. He wants to break their dominance in Russia. In terms of domestic politics, Navalny is regarded as the number one public enemy of the Kremlin.