Russian doctor who treated Navalny after death from poisoning :: WRAL.com
CNN – A senior doctor at the Russian hospital where opposition leader Alexei Navalny was treated immediately after his poisoning last summer has died, the hospital said Thursday.
Sergey Maximishin, who was the deputy chief doctor of the Omsk emergency hospital, died “suddenly” at the age of 55, according to a statement released by the hospital.
“With regret, we inform you that … the Deputy Chief Physician for Anesthesiology and Resuscitation of Emergency Hospital №1, Assistant of the Department of Omsk State Medical University, Doctor of medical science Maksimishin Sergey Valentinovich died suddenly, “the hospital said in a statement, which did not mention the cause of death.
Navalny was initially admitted to the Acute Poisoning Unit at Omsk No.1 Emergency Hospital on August 20, after falling ill after being exposed to military-grade Novichok on a plane departing from the Siberia to Moscow. The plane made an emergency landing in Omsk.
Maximishin gave no press briefing at the time of Navalny’s hospitalization. As the hospital’s deputy chief medical officer for anesthesiology and resuscitation, he was one of the most experienced doctors in the hospital.
Navalny was put into an induced coma and eventually evacuated to the German capital of Berlin, where he spent five months recovering from the poisoning. After returning to Russia, he was sent to jail this week for violating the probation conditions of a previous sentence. The verdict drew swift condemnation abroad, including in the United States.
Navalny blames his poisoning on Russian security services and President Vladimir Putin himself, accusations the Kremlin has repeatedly denied. A CNN-Bellingcat investigation in December implicated the Russian Security Service (FSB) in the attack. Navalny also tricked one of the officers into revealing that he had been poisoned with the nerve agent Novichok applied to his underwear.
Leonid Volkov, Navalny’s chief of staff, confirmed that Maximishin was in charge of treating the opposition leader. “Sergey Maximishin was the head of the department that treated Alexey Navalny and was responsible for his treatment – especially his medically induced coma,” Volkov told CNN.
“(Maximishim) knew more about Alexey’s condition than anyone, so I cannot rule out the possibility of foul play,” he added.
“However, the Russian healthcare system is very poor and it is not uncommon for doctors of his age to die suddenly. I doubt there is an investigation into his death,” Volkov continued.
CNN is seeking further comment from local health officials on Maximishin’s cause of death. The deaths of Russian frontline medical workers, including whistleblowers, have become a politically charged topic in the country amid the Covid-19 pandemic. CNN has no evidence that foul play was involved.
The Minister of Health of the Omsk region said in a statement that Maximishin worked in the hospital for 28 years and saved thousands of lives.
“He brought people back to full reality. We will miss Dr Maximishin very much. He left too early and because of that the pain of the loss is particularly bitter,” Alexander Murakhovsky said in a statement.