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Russia announces preliminary probe into Navalny's illness

Aug 27, 2020 18:15 IST

Russian police on Thursday announced a preliminary probe into the sudden illness of opposition leader Alexei Navalny amid growing pressure from Western officials. According to a statement released by Russia's Interior Ministry, investigators in Siberia are working on “establishing all the circumstances of the incident," conducting forensic studies and collecting items “that may have probative value." Navalny, who is one of President Vladimir Putin's fiercest critics, fell ill on a flight back to Moscow from Siberia last Thursday and was taken to a hospital in the Siberian city of Omsk after the plane made an emergency landing. Over the weekend, he was transferred to a hospital in Berlin, where doctors found indications of “cholinesterase inhibitors” in his system.