Russian Doctor Who Treated Navalny After Poisoning Suddenly Dead

A Russian doctor who treated leading opposition figure, Alexei Navalny, after the poison attack last August has died at the age of 56.

 The Deputy Chief Physician for Anaesthesiology and Resuscitation, Sergei Maximishin, “suddenly passed away,” his hospital in the Siberian city of Omsk announced.

 “With regret, we inform you that the deputy chief physician for anesthesiology and resuscitation of the emergency hospital No.1, assistant of the department of Omsk State Medical University, Ph.D. of medical sciences Maksimishin Sergey Valentinovich suddenly passed away,” the hospital said in a statement without explaining the reason of death. 

 Leonid Volkov, Navalny’s chief of staff, confirmed Maximishin was in charge of treating the opposition leader. “He knew more than anyone else about Alexey’s condition so I can’t dismiss the possibility of foul play,” he added.

 “However Russia’s health care system is poor, and it’s not uncommon for doctors of his age to suddenly die. I doubt there will any investigation into his death,” Volkov continued. Maximishin had worked at the hospital for 28 years.

 In November, the head doctor at the same hospital, Alexander Murakhovsky, who had come under pressure for his treatment of Navalny, was promoted to the position of health minister for the region.

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