Alexei Navalny: Doctors ban Putin critic being transported from Russia amid claim of ‘Kremlin pressure’

Doctors have banned Alexei Navalny, the Putin critic who is in a coma after a suspected poisoning, from being transported abroad.

His spokeswoman said doctors had caved to Kremlin pressure – but a head doctor said the decision was made because he was not well enough.

A plane had apparently been due to transport him to Germany for treatment following the alleged poisoning.

The long-time critic of President Vladimir Putin, 44, is fighting for his life on a ventilator after drinking tea that allies believe was laced with poison.

He fell ill on a flight back to Moscow from Tomsk, a city in Siberia, and was taken to a hospital after the plane made an emergency landing in the Russian city of Omsk.

Mr Navalny‘s wife cited a police officer as saying a “very dangerous” poison had been detected in his body that posed a risk to everyone around him who should therefore wear protective suits, local media reported.

However on Friday, head doctor Alexander Murakhovsky declined to answer questions on whether Mr Navalny was poisoned or not and is yet to confirm a diagnosis.

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