German police investigate suspected poisoning

German police investigate suspected poisoning

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full screen The Charité Hospital in Berlin where one of the women sought treatment. Archive image. Photo: Markus Schreiber/AP/TT

German police have opened a preliminary investigation into suspected poisoning since two exiled Russians fell ill, reports Die Welt. Both women attended a conference with Putin critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky in Berlin at the end of April.

One sought help for his ailments at the Berlin Charité hospital. One of them is Natalia Arno from the Free Russia Foundation which is based in the USA. On her Facebook page, she testifies to strange symptoms and acute pain. Two weeks later, she still had numbness, but states that she is otherwise fine.

Arno fears that it could be a nerve agent. “As far as I understand, this is not the first story about the possible poisoning of Russian journalists and activists,” she writes.

In recent years, critics of the Russian regime both inside and outside Russia have been subjected to poisoning attempts.