German Chancellor Angela Merkel secretly visited Alexei Navalny when he was in the Berlin clinic “Charite”. Der Spiegel became aware of this.
According to journalists, the head of the country thereby emphasized her solidarity with the Russian and expressed her readiness to “act to the end” in the investigation of the incident. “[This gesture] for the Russian government should mean that Berlin will not give in and find out the truth,” the message says.
Navalny became ill on August 20 during a flight from Tomsk to Moscow, the plane was landed in Omsk. There he fell into a coma, a few days later he was transferred from the Omsk hospital to the Berlin clinic “Charite”. European toxicologists said that substances from the Novichok group were found in Navalny's body. His tracks were found on a bottle from under water, which his relatives took from the room of the Tomsk hotel. In September, Navalny was brought out of a coma and discharged from the Charite.