German Chancellor Merkel visited Kremlin critic Navalny in hospital

The Russian opposition figure confirmed that the German chancellor privately met with him while he was undergoing treatment for poisoning. Germany has demanded answers from the Kremlin regarding the incident.

Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny confirmed Monday that German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited him while he was undergoing treatment for poisoning in a Berlin hospital.

The visit was first reported by the German magazine Der Spiegel. In a post sharing the article on Twitter, Navalny confirmed the visit, though denied the magazine’s claim that the visit was “secret.”

“There was a meeting, but you should not call it ‘secret,'” the 44-year-old wrote. “Rather, it was a private meeting and a conversation with the family. I am very grateful to Chancellor Merkel for visiting me at the hospital.”


Navalny was discharged from the Charite hospital in the German capital last week after undergoing a month of treatment for poisoning. The German NGO that organized his evacuation from Siberia to Berlin said he is determined to return to Russia.

Laboratories in Germany, France, and Sweden confirmed that the Kremlin critic was poisoned with a Novichok chemical agent.

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The German government has demanded an explanation from the Kremlin regarding the poisoning. Moscow has denied any involvement in the incident and has accused Berlin of obstructing an investigation into the case.

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