Alexei Navalny, Alexander Murakhovsky, Novichok, Nerve Agent

Alexei Navalny, Alexander Murakhovsky

Doctor who treated Putin critic Alexei Navalny goes missing in Siberia, police say

Regional health minister Alexander Murakhovsky disappears during forest hunting trip

10/5/2021 9:30:00 AM

Alexander Murakhovsky , 49, is believed to have disappeared during a hunting trip in a forest in the Omsk region of Siberia on Friday.

Regional health minister Alexander Murakhovsky disappears during forest hunting trip

Two other doctors at the same hospital in Omsk have recently died,according to notices on its website. The deputy chief physician for anesthesiology and resuscitation "suddenly passed away" on 4 February, while the 63-year-old head of the department of traumatology died on 24 March, supposedly after suffering a stroke.

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Another doctor, Anatoly Kalinichenko, who told reporters that no traces of poison had been found, left his post as chief medical officer at the hospital in October.Alexander Murakhovsky speaks to the media after treating Alexei Navalny in August 2020REUTERS

Following his treatment in Omsk, Mr Navalny, a prominent critic of Russian president Vladimir Putin, was airlifted to Germany for further treatment and laboratory tests in Europe, confirmed by the global chemical weapons watchdog, later established that he had been poisoned with a Novichok nerve agent.

Novichok came to international prominence in March 2018 when it was identified as the substance used to poison former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in Salisbury.Story continuesRussian authorities have repeatedly rejected any suggestion that they tried to kill Mr Navalny.

The dissident was arrested in January when he returned to Russia from Germany and was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison for violating the terms of his probation in relation to a 2014 embezzlement conviction that Mr Navalny has rejected as fabricated. Last month he staged a three-week hunger strike to demand proper medical care.

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