Disinfo: Russian doctors saved Navalny’s life, therefore he could not have been poisoned

Summary

The Russian doctors did everything they could to save the life of the dissident Alexei Navalny; he was taken to the hospital very quickly, and then he was treated by professional doctors, which cast doubts on the assumption that he was poisoned by the [Russian] authorities.

Disproof

Disinformation campaign around the poisoning of opposition leader Alexi Navalny. The fact that the medical staff at the Omsk hospital tried to save the life of Alexei Navalny does not rule out the possibility that he was poisoned. To argue that professional medical staff conspiring to let a patient die is the only proof of an attempt on that patient's life is contrary to reason to say the least. This line of reasoning was not critically challenged or counterbalanced in the article.

The preliminary test results from the Charité – Universitätsmedizin hospital in Berlin where Navalny is being currently treated  indicate that the Russian opposition leader was poisoned during his stay in Siberia.

Clinical findings indicated that poisoning occurred using a nerve agent from the Novichok family.

Background:

Russian opposition leader and a critic of Vladimir Putin Alexey Navalny has been suffering from suspected poisoning. He fell ill during a flight and the plane had to make an emergency landing in Omsk, where doctors said he was in a coma and they were trying to save his life. Siberian doctors denied allegations on poisoning. Navalny has been transferred to Berlin and is receiving treatment at Berlin's Charite Hospital.

The EU High Representative Josep Borell condemns in a statement what seems to be an attempt on Mr. Navalny's life.

 

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 210
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 31/08/2020
  • Language/target audience: Arabic
  • Country: Russia
  • Keywords: Alexei Navalny

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