Russian medics say no trace of poison was found in the body of Putin critic Alexei Navalny, sparking allegations of a cover-up by the Kremlin.
Doctors at Ormsk Hospital in Siberia, where Navalny is being treated after suddenly falling ill on a flight yesterday, insisted that they have a full diagnosis of the 44-year-old's condition that does not include but does not reveal poisoning can what it is.
It comes after they suddenly denied permission that Navalny, who remains in a coma, may be taken out of the country for treatment in Germany on Friday morning.
Yulia, Navalny's wife, accused the Kremlin of forcing doctors to postpone the evacuation until all traces of poison are gone from her husband's body, making it impossible to prove he was attacked.
Ivan Zhdanov – director of the Navalny Anti-Corruption Foundation – alleged that the police privately admitted that the politician had been poisoned with a substance so deadly that his visitors were forced to wear protective suits but refused to publicly admit it to confirm.
Doctors at the hospital where Putin critic Alexei Navalny is being treated say that no trace of poison was found in his body, but refused to say what was wrong with him
It comes after medical professionals suddenly refused permission to bring Navalny from Russia for treatment. Ms. Julia (pictured) accused the Kremlin of staging a cover-up
Alexei Navalny remains in a coma in a Russian hospital after allies say he was poisoned with a "deadly" substance slipped into his cup of tea (pictured drinking)
Navalny fell ill on a forced landing plane when fellow passengers heard him scream in pain before he was taken unconscious to an ambulance
Kira Yarmysh, his spokeswoman, said doctors and the Kremlin had approved the move – but medical professionals suddenly changed their minds 15 minutes before the plane arrived.
"So far, doctors have said they are ready to clear the move," she tweeted early Friday. “That's why we organized it in a very short time.
“Now, at the last moment, doctors don't give permission. That decision was not made by them, of course, but by the Kremlin. & # 39;
Navalny, an anti-corruption activist and Putin's most threatening political rival, fell seriously ill after suddenly falling ill on a plane from Tomsk to Moscow.
His aides and family believe that an unidentified "poisonous poison" was added to his tea prior to his flight at Tomsk Airport.
The plane made an emergency landing in Omsk and he was taken to hospital.
Today's hospital bosses stated that his condition was too serious to either be taken to another Russian hospital or – as his family and helpers wish – to an ambulance from Germany.
His spokeswoman, Kira Yarmysh, said, “The transportation ban for Alexei poses a direct threat to his life.
"It is fatal in the current situation to be left in the Omsk hospital without equipment and diagnosis."
An ambulance was chartered from Germany to Ormsk on Friday to take Navalny to Berlin for treatment, but doctors refused permission to travel at the last moment
Ivan Zhadnov, director of the Navalny Anti-Corruption Foundation, said that anyone who comes in contact with him is required to wear a protective suit because of a "deadly dangerous" substance
Kira Yarmysh, Navalny's spokeswoman (pictured outside the hospital today), accused the Kremlin of making a second attempt in his life after refusing to let him leave the country
She said Putin's deputy chief of staff and spokesman Dmitry Peskov had promised to move Navalny if necessary.
Yesterday, Peskov promised to help with the treatment of Navalny and transport to another clinic.
"Today doctors are refusing permission to transport him."
She warned, "Navalny's life now depends on the fact that the ICU chief physician has refused to" take responsibility "- by allowing him, ideally, to be taken abroad to a well-equipped flying ICU."
Yulia Navalny, the activist's wife and mother of his two children, added that she believed the delay in transportation was to reduce the toxin to levels that would no longer be detectable after he moved.
This means that his supporters can never confirm that he was poisoned or what he was poisoned with.
Zhdanov added: “All relevant documents have been submitted.
& # 39; There was an application from a family member, approval from a clinic in Germany and documents for transportation (by ambulance).
Police officers arrest a protester as he supports the Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny in front of the Federal Security Service building in Moscow
A protester stands in front of a police officer and holds a placard that reads "Putin will stop poisoning people!" during a picket in support of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny
Police hold a lone protester with a sign reading "Navalny, Live" in front of the Russian Federal Security Service building in Moscow
"The clinic's decision is inexplicable and egregious."
He said, “The doctors have now locked themselves in the doctor's office.
"Nobody is allowed to see them."
Navalny's camp says they are not being given the correct details of his condition and that he can get on the ambulance and be flown to Berlin.
The chief doctor in Omsk, Alexander Murakovsky, denied any knowledge of any poison in Navalny's body, saying the tests were ongoing and would take two more days.
"We cannot allow the patient to be transported under the responsibility of relatives unless the patient's clinical condition is stable," he said.
"His current condition worries us about the transport."
When moved, "anything can happen, including the saddest thing that can be".
Navalny's doctor Anastasia Vasilyeva, who was banned from seeing him, is seen outside the Ormsk hospital where he is being treated
Navalny has been fighting corruption in Russian state-owned companies since 2008 and vowed to stand against Putin in the 2018 elections, but was excluded from the race
Omsk traffic police spokeswoman Julia Shwartz refused to confirm that a deadly substance had been found.
"The analysis is still ongoing and we have no results yet."
Russia has sent intensive care specialists, neurophysiologists and anesthetists have been sent to Omsk from two leading Moscow clinics, the Pirogov Medical and Surgical Center and the Burdenko Center of Neurosurgery.
Navalny's wife, Yulia, flew to his hospital yesterday to claim that relatives had not been given full facts about his condition.
Chancellor Angela Merkel offered treatment for Putin's enemy in Germany.
"I hope he can recover and … he can get all the help and medical assistance that we need," she said.
Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov wished Navalny a "speedy recovery" and told the Kremlin. Would help him get treatment abroad if necessary.
He claimed the poisoning allegations were "just assumptions" until tests proved otherwise.
Political scientist Tatiana Stanovaya said Navalny has "hundreds of enemies, including some die-hard people," citing his anti-corruption investigations, which attract millions of online visitors.
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