When Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny flew between Siberia and Moscow last summer, he suddenly fell ill. Novitjok was poisoned in his underwear and the plane had to make an emergency landing in the Russian city of Omsk.
There, Navalny was taken to the emergency room, where he was admitted to the poison ward. In the hospital, Sergei Maximation was the assistant chief physician. He has now passed away suddenly, at the age of 55, the hospital said in a press release, reports CNN.
The hospital has not specified how Maximchin died.
He confirms that he was taking care of Navalny
Leonid Volkov, a close confidant of Navalny, confirmed to CNN that it was Maximation who took care of Putin’s critic in the hospital.
“He was the one who knew best about Alexei, and I cannot rule out the dispute,” Volkov told CNN.
But it is also the case that Russian care is poor and it is not uncommon for doctors to die suddenly of his age. I suspect that the cause of death will not be investigated.
Alexander Murakovsky, Omsk’s Minister of Social Affairs, says Maximation has worked in the hospital for more than 28 years and that it has saved thousands of people.
“We will miss him, we have left very soon,” Murakovsky said in a statement.