The Russian authorities opened a preliminary investigation into the hospitalization of opponent Alexei Navalni in the Siberian city of Omsk last week, the West Siberian traffic prosecutor reported on Thursday.
In a statement collected by the Russian agency Sputnik, prosecutors indicated that on August 20, the day the opponent felt ill and fell into a coma, “a preliminary investigation by the police into relation to Navalni’s hospitalization was carried out in Omsk “.
This would be the first open investigation by the Russian authorities into the events and comes one day after Russian President Vladimir Putin transfers his interest in an “impartial and comprehensive investigation” to Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte. all the circumstances of the incident, “said the TASS agency.
Navalni was feeling bad on August 20 when he flew back from Siberia to Moscow and forced the plane he was traveling on to make an emergency landing in the city of Omsk, where he was admitted into a coma in intensive care with assisted breathing.