BERLIN, KOMPAS.com – Germany has placed Alexei Navalny under guard in hospital after determining that the Putin critic had most likely been poisoned.
The Navalny poisoning incident happened while he was campaigning in Siberia.
After drinking tea that his allies believed was laced with poison, Alexei Navalny then collapsed on a plane last Thursday.
He was flown to Germany for treatment on Saturday.
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"The suspicion is that Mr. Navalny was poisoned given that unfortunately, recent Russian history has had several such suspected cases," German Chancellor Angela Merkel's chief spokesman, Steffen Seibert, told journalists.
"Because one can say with near certainty that it was a poisoning attack, protection is necessary," Seibert added.
Russia's government made no immediate comment on the German statement.
The Kremlin said on Friday it was still unclear what caused Navalny to fall ill and that initial tests did not show he was poisoned.
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