The Berlin doctors who treated Alexei Navalny published clinical details of his Novichok poisoning on Wednesday. The Russian opposition leader said the medical evidence had been repeatedly denied by President Vladimir Putin.
In an article in the medical journal The Lancet, doctors at Berlin’s Charite Hospital described the symptoms they saw when Navalny was taken into their care in August.
They also provided information about his physical reactions when IV fluids, treatments, CT scans, and MRIs were performed.
“The determination of the involvement of a Novichok compound and its biotransformation products in this case was not reached until a few days after the diagnosis of cholinesterase inhibitor poisoning was established and did not affect the therapeutic decision,” they wrote in the Lancet.
Navalny had been flown to Germany for treatment after collapsing on a flight from Siberia to Moscow.
Experts from several Western countries have found that Navalny was poisoned by the Soviet-era nerve agent Novichok, which only the Russian authorities can manage.
The claim has been repeatedly denied by Moscow.
During an excavation near the Russian president, Navalny wrote on Facebook: “The most important thing is that Vladimir Putin is relieved.
“At every press conference he calls out and moves his hands to ask when the Germans will give their data.
“It is no longer important, the medical data is now published and available to the whole world.”
The Lancet release came just two days after Navalny released a video of an extraordinary conversation with a suspected FSB agent who says agents put the poison in his underpants in August.
The phone call was recorded in an engraving by Navalny who said he had posed as an officer on the Kremlin Security Council to get the FSB agent to admit the poisoning.
On Tuesday, Russia summoned high-ranking EU diplomats and announced that they would impose sanctions on member states and institutions.
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