Navalny co-workers suspect that he was poisoned. The politician, who is still in serious condition, is accompanied on board the plane by his wife.
However, Russian doctors said on Friday that they had not found traces of the poison in the blood of the opposition politician.
“The plane with Alexei flew to Berlin. Huge thanks to everyone for their support. The fight for Alexei’s life and health is just beginning and he will have to go a long way, but at least the first step has been taken, “Jarmyšová wrote on Twitter.
The plane with Alexei flew to Berlin.
Many thanks to everyone for their support. The struggle for Alexey’s life and health is just beginning, and there is still a lot to go through, but now at least the first step has been taken
– Kira Yarmysh (@Kira_Yarmysh) August 22, 2020
On Friday morning, a German plane with special medical equipment landed at Omsk Airport to transport Navalny to Berlin for treatment. Russian doctors initially claimed that transportation was not yet possible for health reasons, but then changed their minds. According to them, the patient’s condition has stabilized and no longer prevents transport abroad.
The AP agency linked this development to the growing international pressure on Moscow.
Navalny’s wife, who asked President Vladimir Putin to allow her husband to be transported to Germany, had to sign a statement saying she was aware of the risks of the move. German doctors and experts who arrived for Navalný had previously stated that the patient was capable of transport.
Forty-four-year-old Navalny, who is one of the most prominent figures in the Russian opposition. He has been imprisoned several times in the past. He ended up unconscious in hospital on Thursday after feeling sick on a flight from Tomsk to Moscow. The plane made an emergency landing in Omsk. According to Navalný, a spokeswoman for Jarmyšová, he was probably poisoned by a substance mixed into tea.