Russian doctors in the Siberian city of Omsk refused to authorize the transfer of Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny to a German hospital, his spokeswoman said Friday.
According to a report of Deutsche Welle (DW), a German human rights group had hoped to bring Navalny to Berlin for better treatment after allegedly giving him ‘poison with tea’ that leaves him in a coma.
A spokesperson for Cinema For Peace Foundation confirmed to DW that Berlin Charite hospital was ready to treat Navalny. A plane left Nuremberg for the Russian city of Omsk, 2,200 kilometers (1,367 miles) east of Moscow, in the early hours of Friday.
However, as soon as the plane arrived at the Russian airport, the doctors told that “he was still too ill to transport.”
“This decision could doom Navalny,” said his spokeswoman Kira Yarmysh on Twitter, adding that the ban to transport Alexei is a ‘direct threat’ to his life. “It is dangerous to keep him in the Omsk hospital without a diagnosis,” she said.
The head doctor of the hospital said Alexei Navalny’s condition had improved a little, however, there were legal questions that needed to be resolved before he could leave.
Alexei Navalny, a 44-year-old anti-corruption activist has been a vocal critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Last June, Putin amended Russia’s constitution to allow him to stay in power for two more terms. He then protested the incident, calling it a “violation of the constitution”.
Navalny has been the victim of such physical attacks more than once before. Last year, an attempt was made to kill him by giving him poison with foods. He was in jail at the time on an administrative charge.
He fell ill while in captivity and was rushed to the hospital. At that time, Navalny’s team suspected that he was being poisoned.