İrem UZUN -TDO- The Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny is expected to be flown to Germany early on Saturday morning to receive treatment for a suspected poisoning that has left him in a coma for 36 hours. Doctors treating Navalny in the Siberian city of Omsk permitted his discharge after a tense 12-hour standoff with his family and aides, who said Navalny’s life was in danger in Russia.
The deputy chief doctor Anatoly Kalinichenko at Omsk hospital, told journalists late on Friday that "we... took the decision that we do not oppose his transfer to another hospital, the one that his relatives indicate to us." Navalny’s wife had appealed directly to Vladimir Putin to allow the evacuation. A medical plane chartered by a German NGO has been waiting at Omsk airport since early Friday morning to take him to Berlin’s Charité hospital. Navalny’s aide, Kira Yarmysh, said hospital officials had suddenly reversed their position on Friday evening. “It is a pity that it took so long for the doctors to make this decision. The plane has been waiting since this morning, the documents were also ready then.”
Navalny, 44, a fierce critic of President Vladimir Putin and his lieutenants, is in a serious condition after drinking tea on a plane on Thursday that his allies believe was laced with poison.