The doctor of the Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has accused doctors of lying about his condition while being released today to return to prison.
Anastasia Vasilyeva revealed that Navalny had been released from a hospital in Moscow – where he was being treated for an inexplicable health problem – and returned to prison under surveillance.
Separately, Navalny's lawyer, Olga Mikhailova, told hospital reporters that her client had been poisoned by an unidentified chemical agent who had been brought in by Vasilyeva the day before.
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Anastasia Vasilyeva (pictured today), the former doctor of the Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, has accused medics of lying about his condition while being released today to return to prison
Navalny (photo), 43, was taken from prison to the hospital on Sunday morning with what his spokesperson said were signs of an acute allergy with & # 39; severe swelling of the face and redness of the skin & # 39;
Navalny, 43, was taken from prison to the hospital on Sunday morning with what his spokesperson said were signs of acute allergy with & # 39; severe swelling of the face and redness of the skin & # 39 ;.
He served a 30-day prison sentence for calling for a meeting on Saturday after the authorities had blocked prominent independent candidates from taking part in the September parliamentary elections in Moscow.
Vasilyeva, who in the past treated Navalny for a serious eye injury, accused his doctors of not wanting to investigate what had caused his illness.
Vasilyeva (photo), who in the past treated Navalny for a serious eye injury, accused his doctors of not wanting to investigate what had caused his illness
The eye doctor said: & They say he just has hives. But why are you lying? & # 39;
& # 39; They have decided not to determine the cause of generalized edema and rash. & # 39;
She told the independent channel TV Rain that samples of the fabric of Navalny would undergo independent tests.
She also said that she was finally allowed to investigate the politician.
The Moscow hospital that treated him said it fired him after his condition improved.
It said it could not reveal what it believed behind its sudden illness because of the patient's confidentiality.
Elena Sibikina, one of the doctors who treated Navalny, said the idea that he was poisoned with a chemical & # 39; not proven & # 39; used to be. She said his life was not in danger.
& # 39; He was really poisoned by an unknown chemical, & # 39; his lawyer Olga Mikhailova (photo) told reporters.
His own doctor and lawyer said they resisted the & # 39; strange & # 39; decision to return Navalny to a prison cell where they think he was poisoned somehow.
& # 39; He was really poisoned by an unknown chemical, & # 39; Olga Mikhailova, his lawyer, told reporters.
& # 39; But what the essence was has not been determined. & # 39;
Navalny (pictured on Wednesday leaving the court) was jailed for 30 days for calling for an unauthorized march to protest the exclusion of various opposition candidates from a local election later this year
Vasilyeva said she had taken samples of his hair and a T-shirt to be tested in an independent laboratory for signs of being poisoned.
She said she also wanted camera images from his cell examined.
Vasilyeva said Navalny had a severe rash on his upper body, skin lesions and discharge from his eye, which she described as a reaction to an unknown chemical.
She rejected the idea that he might have had an allergic reaction to something he had accidentally come into contact with, such as washing powder.
& # 39; How can you accidentally poison someone? & # 39; she said, adding that it was probably done to scare him.
A doctor at the hospital told the Interfax news agency Sunday night that Navalny had been diagnosed with hives.
But Mikhailova, his lawyer, said that none of the doctors had mentioned the idea that he had hives on Monday.
It happened after the police gathered more than 1,000 marchers in Moscow on Saturday in one of the biggest attacks of recent years against an increasingly challenging opposition that shouted President Vladimir Putin's tight hold on to power.
Navalny & # 39; s sudden hospitalization raged supporters who suspected that he was the target of one of the biggest actions in recent years against the opposition.
Police gathered more than 1,000 people in the Russian capital on Saturday in one of the biggest attacks of recent years against an increasingly challenging opposition that shouted President Vladimir Putin's tight hold on to power
Chants from & # 39; Russia without Putin & # 39; and & # 39; Putin resigning & # 39; echoed through central Moscow while guards dressed in riot gear beat protesters with clubs and roughly held people
Police struggled with demonstrators around the mayor's office and sometimes rushed into the crowd with their batons. OVD-Info, an organization that monitors political arrests in Russia, said that 638 people were being held
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