Merkel visited Kremlin critic Navalny in hospital – Spiegel

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny while he was undergoing treatment in a Berlin hospital for poisoning, Der Spiegel reported, underscoring how seriously she is taking the case.

Citing no sources, Spiegel said Merkel went to see Navalny in the Charite hospital, where he received treatment for 32 days, after being flown from Russia to Berlin last month after falling ill on a domestic flight.

A spokesman for Merkel declined to comment on the report.

The German government says tests in Germany, France and Sweden have determined he was poisoned with a Novichok nerve agent and has demanded an explanation from the Kremlin.

Moscow has denied any involvement in the incident and said it has yet to see evidence of a crime.

An undated, recent handout photo made available by Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny via his Instagram site shows him with his wife Yulia Navalnaya (R) at an undisclosed location. EPA-EFE/ALEXEI NAVALNY HANDOUT

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