Yulia Navalnaya, wife of Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny, and Ivan Zhdanov, the director of Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK), spoke to the media on August 21 as claims and counter-claims about the cause of Navalny’s illness.
According to news reports and Navalny’s press spokeswoman Kira Yarmysh, Zhandov said a police officer told him a poison had been found on Navalny’s body that was dangerous not only to him but to others around him.
However, Russian state-owned media Tass reported a doctor in Omsk hospital, where Navanly was taken after falling ill on a flight on August 20, as having said on Friday that no toxins had been found in Navalny’s body.
The cause of Navalny’s illness has yet to be officially confirmed.
“No poisons or traces of poison have been found in his system,” Anatoly Kalinichenko said, according to Tass. “I suppose the diagnosis ‘poisoning’ is still at the back of our minds, but we do not think that the patient has been poisoned.”
Navalny’s supporters are seeking to have him moved from Omsk hospital and have asked hospital authorities to not obstruct this move. Credit: Kira Yarmysh via Storyful