Navalny could have been poisoned with вЂњa certain probabilityвЂќ, a spokesman for the FRG government said, referring to вЂњsuspicious casesвЂќ in the recent history of the Russian Federation.
The German government does not rule out that the Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny, who was taken to the Berlin clinic вЂњChariteвЂќ for treatment, was poisoned. There is вЂњa certain likelihoodвЂќ of a similar situation, said German government spokesman Steffen Seibert on Monday, August 24.
вЂњUnfortunately, there have been several suspicious cases in recent Russian history,вЂќ he added. Official Berlin called for вЂњfull transparencyвЂќ in the investigation of the incident.
On August 20, Alexei Navalny became ill on the plane on which he flew from Tomsk to Moscow. The airliner urgently landed in Omsk, the oppositionist was taken by ambulance to the hospital. He was admitted to the hospital unconscious and connected to a ventilator. According to Navalny's press secretary Kira Yarmysh, the politician could have been poisoned with something mixed into the tea he drank in the morning at the airport.
The comatose oppositionist was taken to Berlin on the morning of August 22 after a long delay. The Russian authorities insisted that the German pilots comply with the rest standard. Before that, Omsk doctors declared Navalny to be non-transportable.