Russia has established a preliminary investigation of the unexpected illness of Alexei Navalny, an outspoken Putin competitor who fell into a coma last week following a suspected poisoning.
It comes amid mounting Global pressure from Western leaders – such as German Chancellor Angela Merkel, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo – to investigate the event.
The 44-year older activist is presently being treated in the Berliner Charité hospital, at the German capital, after being flown from Siberia through air ambulance.
According to a statement published on Thursday with a branch of Russia’s Interior Ministry, researchers in the area were working on”demonstrating each of the conditions of this episode,” conducting forensic research and collecting things” which could have probative value.”
The Russian physicians who had visited Navalny on August 20 from the Siberian city of Omsk denied finding any trace of poison in his own body.
An additional analysis conducted in Berlin’s Charité hospital seen”cholinesterase inhibitors” within his entire body, but the doctors have not yet managed to identify that substance it is.
Launched in certain medications, pesticides, and chemical nerve agents, cholinesterase inhibitors act by blocking the breakdown of an essential compound in the human body – acetylcholine – that transmits signals between nerve cells.
Navalny’s allies insist that he had been intentionally poisoned and accuse the Kremlin of it, allegations that the Russian officials named “vacant sound.”
His collaborators filed a petition to Russia’s Investigative Committee demanding government to establish a criminal investigation on rates of an attempt on the life span of a public perspective, but officials seemed so far unwilling to begin a genuine investigation.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday that he saw no grounds for a criminal case before the origin of the activist’s illness was completely established.
On Thursday he said that the probe to Navalny’s ailment was started”at the initial days” later he fell sick, but added that the process had been regular police work” consistently performed in cases such as this.”