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Putin says he in­ter­vened for Navalny

- Corruption · Crime · European Politics · Politics · Medical Treatments · Vladimir Putin · Alexey Navalny · Moscow · Government of Russia · Germany · Berlin · Russia

MOSCOW: Rus­sian Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin said yes­ter­day he had per­son­ally in­ter­vened to en­sure that Krem­lin critic Alexei Navalny could re­ceive med­i­cal treat­ment in Ger­many.

Navalny (44) fell ill on Au­gust 20 and was air­lifted to Ber­lin for treat­ment.

Blood sam­ples con­firmed the pres­ence of a Novi­chok nerve agent and Navalny ac­cused Putin of be­ing be­hind his poi­son­ing, which the Krem­lin de­nies.

Putin said he had asked Rus­sia’s gen­eral pros­e­cu­tor’s of­fice to au­tho­rise Navalny to leave the coun­try after an ap­peal from Navalny’s wife.

‘‘There were travel re­stric­tions against him re­lated to a ju­di­cial in­ves­ti­ga­tion and a crim­i­nal case,’’ Putin said.

‘‘But I none­the­less asked the gen­eral pros­e­cu­tor’s of­fice to al­low it and he left.’’

Putin said if some­one in Rus­sia had wanted to poi­son Navalny, Moscow would not have al­lowed him to be flown to Ber­lin for treat­ment. — Reuters

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