Russian officials said on Thursday that they had no clue yet that opposition leader Alexei Navalny was poisoned under a criminal conspiracy. Navalny’s supporters and German doctors believe she was poisoned, causing Navalny to go into a coma.
Russia’s General Prosecutor’s Office said a preliminary investigation launched last week found no indication that “intentional criminal acts” were committed against Navalny. The statement comes at a time when Western countries are demanding an investigation into the sudden critique of an outspoken critic of the Kremlin.
Navalani is the Leader of the Opposition and an outspoken critic of President Putin. Last Thursday (20 August), he fell ill while returning to Moscow from Siberia by plane and was hospitalized in Omsk city. Over the weekend, he was shifted to a hospital in Berlin where doctors found chemicals in his body that caused him to suspect poisoning.
Navalni’s supporters say she was poisoned intentionally. He has accused Russia’s ruling establishment Kremlin of being behind it. The Russian authorities have denied these allegations. Navalny’s supporters urged the Russian investigative committee last week to investigate the incident of attempting to assassinate a popular leader from a criminal standpoint, but officials showed no interest in it.
The investigation was announced after leaders in several Western and European countries, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, sought to investigate the Navalny case.