Russian opposition leader Nawarinui “still in serious condition” August 29 at 8:34 p.m.
A German hospital that continues to treat Mr Nawarinui, the leader of Russia’s opposition forces who may have used poison, said today that “although symptoms have improved, his condition is still serious.”
Mr Nawarinui, the leader of the opposition, known for his sharp criticism of Russia’s Putin regime, complained of a physical accident while traveling on a passenger plane and has been being treated at a German hospital since 22 this month.
The hospital said it had confirmed poisoning symptoms caused by substances classified as cholinesterase inhibitors that interfere with the function of enzymes in the body, but announced on May 28 that “there has been an improvement in Nawarinui’s symptoms.”
However, he said, “Although there is no immediate danger of life, the condition is still serious.”
German Chancellor Merkel said at a press conference today that she would “work to make this situation clear” and stressed her stance of pressing the Russians to clarify the whole situation.
In Russia, on the other hand, the Siberian law enforcement authorities, where Mr. Nawarinui was originally hospitalized, conducted a preliminary investigation, but it is said that there was no evidence to support the crime, and it is unclear how far the situation will proceed in Russia.
Hospitals in Germany and hospitals in Russia.
Mr. Nawarinui complained of a physical condition incident on the 20th of this month on a flight from Tomsk, western Siberia, to Moscow.
According to Mr. Nawarinui’s public relations officer, Mr. Nawarinui lost consciousness in the toilet because he sweated after takeoff.
In the video taken by the passengers, a man’s mingle can be heard from behind the aircraft, and a person carrying emergency equipment is also shown.
The spokesman complained that the tea may have been poisoned, saying, “All he has said so far is tea,” and a photograph taken by a man at the airport cafe shows Mr. Nawarinui drinking at the cafe before boarding.
The plane made an emergency landing in Omsk, western Siberia, where Mr Nawarinui was treated at a hospital, but the hospital said there was “no evidence of poison contamination.”
However, German Chancellor Merkel responded to supporters’ requests for treatment outside the country, and Mr Nawarinui was transferred from Omsk to the Sharite University Hospital in Berlin, the German capital, on a special plane on May 22.
Charite University Hospital today revealed that the poison may have been used after tests showed that Nawarinui had fallen into poisoning symptoms caused by a substance classified as a cholinesterase inhibitor that interfered with the action of the enzyme.
In response, a hospital in Omsk, Russia, said it had tested cholinesterase inhibitors but were negative.
Russian investigators have also conducted preliminary investigations by searching for Mr Nawarinui’s stop and checking security camera footage, but no evidence has been found to support the crime, and the Supreme Prosecutor’s Office has expressed a negative view that it will launch a full-scale investigation.
Mr. Nawarinui is the first to criticize Putin’s regime
Alexei Nawarinui, known as the first to criticize Putin’s regime, was born in Moscow state at the age of 44. He is now the leader of Russia’s most famous opposition forces.
It has spread its support among young people by accusing the Putin government of corruption on the Internet, with 3.99 million youtube subscribers and 2.24 million Twitter followers.
In 2011, he established a non-governmental organization called the Anti-Corruption Foundation, which activated its activities, and in 2017 released footage of then-Prime Minister Medvedev’s mansion taken by drones from above, accusing him of suspected corruption presented by assets as a bribe worth 7 billion yen in Japanese yen.
Mr Nawarinui has held rallies in various parts of Russia criticizing Putin’s regime, but he has often been detained by security officials for holding meetings without permission, and has been fined and sentenced to imprisonment.
In addition, the 2018 presidential election did not allow candidates because of past convictions, and there was wider the view that Putin’s government viewed Mr. Nawarinui as a constant threat.
Mr. Nawarinui, who is at the fore in his criticism of the administration, has had repeated events that have made him feel at risk. In 2017, someone in Moscow fled with a green liquid on Mr Nawarinui’s face, injuring his eyes from chemical burns. When I was detained by the police last year, I was taken to the hospital claiming that I might have been poisoned due to a sudden swelling of my face and allergic symptoms that caused redness on my skin, but no toxic substances were detected as a result of the tests.
Russia’s past poisons
In Russia, there have been frequent attempts in the past to poison and kill people and journalists who have criticized Putin’s regime.
In 2004, Poltkovskaya, a reporter for Nobaya Gazeta, a newspaper critical of Putin’s regime, suddenly lost consciousness while traveling in the country on a passenger plane. The results of the treatment have been restored, but opposition forces have accused the drink of being poisoned.
Two years later, a reporter was shot dead in the elevator of his Moscow home apartment, and the executioner was arrested, but the full extent of the incident has not been elucidated, including who directed it.
Also in 2006, Litvinenko, a former Russian spy who defected to Britain after criticizing Putin’s regime, died in exile in London, where he was found dead, and polonium, a highly toxic radioactive substance, was detected in his body.
In 2018, a former Russian spy, Skripal, and his daughter were found unconscious in southern England and later recovered, but British police say it was an assassination attempt using the nerve agent Nobichok.
Russia has been developing and possessing a large number of highly toxic and difficult-to-detect substances since the former Soviet era, and Western intelligence agencies see it as a major threat.
The voice which calls for the elucidation of the situation which strengthens
There are increasing calls from the international community for the Russian government to clarify the situation.
German Chancellor Merkel issued a joint statement with Foreign Minister Maas today, u pressing the Russian authorities to investigate the responsible person, calling for a thorough and completely transparent investigation of the action.
Mr. Borrell, senior representative of the EU-European Union, also issued a statement today, “the EU strongly condemns any attempt that seems to have targeted Mr Nawarinui’s life.” It calls on the Russian authorities to immediately conduct an investigation to find out the truth, as “the Russian authorities must start an independent and transparent investigation without delay.”
In addition, British Prime Minister Johnson said on Twitter today, “The poisoning of Mr. Nawarinui shocked the world. We need a complete and transparent investigation of what happened.” Then he said, “The person who carried it out must be held accounted for. Britain will work with the international community to ensure justice.”
Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin denied that the regime was involved at all, saying “unfounded accusations are unacceptable,” keeping in mind that supporters of Mr Nawarinui and others doubted the administration’s involvement during a telephone meeting with Italian Prime Minister Conte on May 26. He then stated that he was “interested in a thorough and objective investigation,” but Russian law enforcement agencies are negative about starting a full-scale investigation, and it is unclear whether the investigation will proceed.
Experts: “I think there will be more public opinion in the anti-government”
As for the possibility that Mr. Nawarinui may have been poisoned and unconscious, Professor Okuma of Keio University, who is well-known in Russian politics, said, “It can be indusion that it is the hands of specially trained people who are poisoned. I don’t think it’s a move by security agencies or anything like that,” he said, pointing out that the administration may have had some involvement.
He also said that although he did not know his goal clearly, the reason for this period was that “anti-government protests are now on the raised in Belarus, and demonstrations are being held in Khabarovsk in the wake of the dismissal of the governor, but there is also an opinion that such a thing was the goal of keeping the public’s eye on it,” he said, before the unified local elections to be held in Russia next month. In order not to spread criticism of Putin’s regime in the country, he expressed the view that he was trying to suppress Mr. Nawarinui, who stood at the fork.
However, “the show of power against the opposition movement has a negative impact on public opinion. It is likely to be counterproductive, and there will be an increase in public opinion of anti-government and anti-Putin.”