UPDATE 1-Russia asks Germany for copious details of poison tests on Navalny
*Navalny fell ill on Aug. 20 flight from Siberia. MOSCOW, Sept 2- Russia has asked Germany to provide exhaustive details of medical tests conducted on Alexei Navalny, a Russian opposition politician lying in a coma in Berlin after a suspected poisoning in Siberia last month, a newspaper reported on Wednesday. Navalny, a thorn in the side of President Vladimir Putin…
* Navalny fell ill on Aug. 20 flight from Siberia
* His allies believe he was deliberately poisoned
* Russian authorities say there is no evidence of this(Adds details of Russian request)
MOSCOW, Sept 2 (Reuters) – Russia has asked Germany toprovide exhaustive details of medical tests conducted on AlexeiNavalny, a Russian opposition politician lying in a coma inBerlin after a suspected poisoning in Siberia last month, anewspaper reported on Wednesday.
Russian newspaper RBC said the general prosecutor’s officehad asked Germany’s justice ministry for information onNavalny’s treatment, including test results for drugs, poisons,heavy metals and cholinesterase inhibitors, which affect thenervous system.
There was no immediate comment from the prosecutor’s office,or from the German justice ministry on how it would respond tothe request.
Russian prosecutors said last month they saw no need for acriminal investigation into the case as they had found no signthat any crime had been committed.
Navalny, a thorn in the side of President Vladimir Putin forthe past decade, was taken ill on a flight from Siberia toMoscow on Aug. 20 after drinking tea at the airport. His alliesbelieve he was the latest of several Kremlin critics to bedeliberately poisoned, but Russian authorities have said thereis no evidence of this.
Navalny was flown last month to the Charite hospital inBerlin, where doctors said he may have been poisoned with acholinesterase inhibitor, a substance found in nerve toxins suchas the one used in the attempted poisoning of a former Russiandouble agent in England in 2018.
“Is there a conclusion of a commission of forensic medicalexperts with a detailed spectral analysis of any narcotic,psychotropic, potent, poisonous substances identified in theorganism of A.A. Navalny, including heavy metals?” asked theletter, which was posted in full on RBC’s website.
“Were any substances found in A.A. Navalny’s biologicalspecimens from the group of cholinesterase inhibitors? Whichones, exactly?”
It posed a series of other detailed questions, including:
– What medicines were being used to treat Navalny, and inwhat doses
– Whether his condition had worsened, and why
– What were the results of tests on his heart andrespiratory and central nervous systems.
The prosecutor’s office asked for samples to be taken fromNavalny’s blood, urine, hair, nails, saliva and the inside ofhis cheek, and for copies of medical reports to be provided assoon as possible.
It promised to treat the results confidentially, and solelyfor the purpose of investigating what had happened to Navalny.
The letter said Russian investigators had meanwhile seizedmore than 100 items, examined closed-circuit television footageand ordered more than 20 forensic examinations but had so farnot uncovered evidence that Navalny had been the victim of adeliberate criminal act.(Reporting by Mark Trevelyan, Editing by Andrew Osborn andTimothy Heritage)
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