Russian police launch preliminary inquiry into Alexey Navalny’s hospitalization
Transit police are conducting a preliminary inquiry into opposition politician Alexey Navalny’s hospitalization in Omsk on August 20, Russia’s Interior Ministry announced on Thursday. The agency says officers have already inspected his hospital room, seized “more than 100 items with potential evidentiary value,” and analyzed video surveillance data.
“Currently, we have found no high-potency or narcotic substances,” the Interior Ministry said in a press release on August 27. “We are now carrying out more than 20 different forensic, biological, and physicochemical examinations.”
State prosecutors in Western Siberia also announced on Thursday that they launched an inquiry into Navalny’s illness back on August 20, the day he was hospitalized.