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Aleksei Navalny Was Probably Poisoned, German Doctors Say

The hospital’s head doctor, Aleksandr Murakhovsky, had released a statement saying Mr. Navalny had likely suffered from a metabolic disorder brought on by low blood sugar, but that doctors were also considering other diagnoses. He ruled out poison.

On Monday, the doctors said they were treating Mr. Navalny for his symptoms and his loss of consciousness, without settling on a cause. It was unclear whether he had been treated with atropine, the antidote identified by German doctors, and if not what consequences the lack of treatment might mean for the opposition leader’s health.

On Monday, Dr. Murakhovsky, said he and several specialist doctors had revealed more details of Mr. Navalny’s illness to his wife, Yulia Navalnaya, than they had in their public comments, but on the condition that she not disclose what she was told.

This was done from “humanitarian motives,” he said. “We agreed that we would tell the relatives more than what I said at the press conference,” he said. “They promised they would not disclose this information.”

During Mr. Navalny’s stay in the Siberian hospital, men apparently with the security services but not in uniform milled about the hallways, and came and went from Dr. Murakhovsky’s office, videos and pictures showed.

Their presence alarmed Mr. Navalny’s wife, his personal physician and a spokeswoman, who said they worried the security services were dictating his care.

Asked about these plainclothes men in his office, Mr. Murakhovsky said he did not know who they were, but that they had not influenced his treatment decisions. “I had a lot of people in my office, but I cannot say what they were doing there,” he said. “They came and asked, ‘Is everything all right?’ and I said ‘Everything is all right.’ And they left. They were just interested.”

Andrew E. Kramer contributed reporting from Moscow.

Source: NYT > World News

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