German Chancellor Merkel visited poisoned Russian opponent Navalny in hospital


Later in the day, Merkel’s spokesman said the visit took place last week. Navalny left the hospital five days ago. With her visit, Merkel once again underlines the German solidarity with the opposition leader. Earlier, the German government insisted that there should be an independent investigation into the poisoning of Navalny. Merkel also personally worked to ensure that Navalny could be treated in Germany.

Navalny was in Charité hospital in Berlin for 32 days. He was treated for poisoning, according to German research with a nerve poison of the novichok type. Navalny was supposedly poisoned in a hotel room in Tomsk before taking a domestic flight to the Russian capital Moscow. The plane had to make an emergency landing in Omsk because he was so ill. That emergency landing probably saved his life.

It was initially thought that he was poisoned at Tomsk airport, but later traces of poison were also found on a bottle of water in his hotel room. However, the exact location and circumstances of the poisoning have not yet been proven.

Navalny is a fierce critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin. The Russian government has denied any involvement in the poisoning of Navalny.

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