Russian doctors treating opposition leader Alexei Navalny said they don’t believe he was poisoned — but they refused to transfer him to a German hospital and wouldn’t reveal his diagnosis to reporters Friday.
Anatoly Kalinichenko, deputy chief doctor at Omsk hospital, said no traces of poison were found in Navalny’s body.
“Poisoning as a diagnosis remains on the back burner, but we don’t believe that the patient suffered from poisoning,” Kalinichenko told reporters.
Kalinichenko said the diagnosis has been relayed to Navalny’s family members but he refused to reveal it to reporters, citing confidentiality laws.
Doctors also refused to transfer Navalny to a hospital in Germany, saying his condition is unstable, his spokeswoman Kira Yarmysh said on Twitter.
The fierce Kremlin critic was left in a coma after allegedly drinking poison his aides believe was slipped into his tea at Russia’s Tomsk airport on Wednesday.
Navalny, 44, then fell ill on a flight back to Moscow, with witnesses saying he was “screaming in pain.”
He was admitted to an intensive care unit in a coma at a hospital in Omsk Thursday.
Earlier Friday, Navalny ally Ivan Zhdanov said police found traces of a dangerous poisonous substance in Navalny’s system but didn’t say which one.
Police officials didn’t confirm that.
With Post wires
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