Vancouver Sun

Doctor who treated Navalny missing


A Siberian doctor who treated Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny after he collapsed on a flight in Russia last year has gone missing, police said on Sunday.

Police in the Omsk region, about 2,200 kilometres east of Moscow, said physician Alexander Murakhovsk­y had left a hunting base in a forest on an all-terrain vehicle on Friday and had not been seen since.

It said that emergency services, drones, a helicopter and volunteers on the ground had joined the search effort.

Murakhovsk­y was the head doctor at the hospital in the Siberian city of Omsk that treated Navalny, President Vladimir Putin's most prominent critic. Murakhovsk­y was subsequent­ly promoted to the post of regional health minister.

The Kremlin has repeatedly rejected any suggestion that Russian authoritie­s tried to kill Navalny.

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