The Federal Medical Chamber (BÄK) of Germany rejected the proposal of Russian colleagues to create a joint group to conduct a medical examination in the case of opposition blogger Alexei Navalny. As pointed out in BÄK, this association “is not an investigative body”, therefore it cannot participate in investigations, because “this is the prerogative of the state”. Thus, the professional association of German doctors responded to the appeal of the Russian doctor Leonid Roshal, Deutsche Welle reports today, September 8.
The BÄK also recalled that, according to German legislation, only relatives have the right to initiate further examinations of a particular patient.
“Medical data on the Navalny case is available. There is no doubt about the quality of medical examinations carried out by medical colleagues in Germany, ”the Federal Medical Chamber said in a statement.
It further states that BÄK is “extremely concerned” about Navalny’s health condition and joins the German government’s demand for the Russian authorities to find out all the circumstances that led to this life-threatening illness.
On September 6, Leonid Roshal said that Russian doctors had proposed creating a joint expert group with German colleagues to establish the cause of Navalny’s condition. The National Medical Chamber of the Russian Federation approached the Federal Medical Chamber of the Federal Republic of Germany with a corresponding initiative. Roshal said that the main reason for Navalny’s condition is still not clear, and the fate of the Russian opposition “worries many.” “If it turns out that, indeed, Navalny was poisoned, we believe that it is necessary to initiate a criminal case in Russia,” he stressed.
As EADaily reported earlier, the wife of Alexei Navalny had criticized Roshal’s proposal. “Dear doctor, you may not read the news, but the genesis of my husband’s coma is known – it is poisoning with FOS (organophosphorus compounds. – Ed.), And in Omsk, they knew very well about it,” Julia Navalnaya wrote on Instagram. “I’m not a doctor, but I’ve read so many medical articles over these weeks that it’s obvious even to me that the clinical manifestations were exactly the same as described in medical textbooks,” she added. According to Navalny’s wife, in the current situation, Roshal acts “not as a doctor, but as a voice of the state” and he allegedly wants not to help the patient, but “to find out information and curry favor.”The day before, on September 7, the Berlin clinic “Charite” reported that Navalny’s condition improved and he was brought out of an artificial coma. The procedure for artificial lung ventilation is gradually discontinued. According to doctors, Navalny reacts to verbal stimuli. However, “the long-term effects of poisoning are still too early to assess,” the doctors said.
The Bundeswehr Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology in Munich, which allegedly previously found traces of a toxic substance from the Novichok group in the biomaterial samples of Alexei Navalny, cannot transfer information about the research to a third party for reasons of “secrecy.” This was announced last Monday by an official representative of the Medical and Sanitary Service of the German Armed Forces. “Additional information on the research results may allow conclusions to be drawn about the specific skills and knowledge of the Bundeswehr in relation to the substances concerned. In such a sensitive area, this is unacceptable for reasons of security and the interests of the Federal Republic of Germany, ”the service explained in response to a question about whether the Bundeswehr will transmit information about research in the Navalny case at the request of the Russian authorities.
What secrecy can we talk about if, according to media reports, the exchange of information between the Charite Clinic, the Bundeswehr laboratory, the British Porton Down laboratory, as well as the Bulgarian specialized institutions is gaining momentum, the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria asked on September 8 Zakharova.
The Russian Foreign Ministry drew attention to the fact that the Russian side did not receive a response from Germany to a request for opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who is being treated at the Berlin clinic “Charite”. Meanwhile, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas previously claimed that the request for legal assistance received from the Russian Prosecutor General’s Office in the Navalny case had already been satisfied by the German side. The Russian request contains a request to provide data on the treatment of the Russian blogger, as well as the results of tests for drugs, poisons, heavy metals and cholinesterase inhibitors.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on September 2 that she considers Navalny “a victim of an attack with a chemical nerve agent from the Novichok group.” In turn, the press secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov indicated that the Kremlin does not see any reason to accuse the Russian state of the incident with Navalny.