World Siberian doctor who treated Kremlin critic Navalny goes missing, police say
Navalny says Putin is a 'naked king' whose crown is 'sliding from his ears' amid mass anti-government protests in Russia
The imprisoned Russian opposition leader's defiant comments came during his first public appearance after a weekslong hunger strike. See more stories on Insider's business page. Alexei Navalny on Thursday decried Russian President Vladimir Putin as a "naked king" clinging to power, during what marked the Kremlin critic's first public appearance since he went on a hunger strike in prison. "I would like to say that your king is naked, and more than one little boy is shouting about it - it is now millions of people who are already shouting about it. It is quite obvious.
MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Siberian doctor who treated Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny after he collapsed on a flight in Russia last year has gone missing, Russian police said on Sunday.
Police in the Omsk region, about 2,200 km (1,370 miles) east of Moscow, said physician Alexander Murakhovsky had left a hunting base in a forest on an all-terrain vehicle on Friday and had not been seen since.
It said that emergency services, drones, a helicopter and volunteers on the ground had joined the search effort.
Alexei Navalny calls himself a 'skeleton' in post-hunger strike court appearance
Imprisoned Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny made an appearance in a Moscow court Thursday, his first since the dissident ended a hunger strike undertaken in demand of better medical care in prison. © Provided by Washington Examiner Navalny appeared virtually at his appeal after being convicted in February on defamation charges for insulting a Russian World War II veteran. A judge upheld the defamation conviction in the hearing, which Navalny used to speak about his condition following the strike and to criticize the Russian government.
Murakhovsky was the head doctor at the hospital in the Siberian city of Omsk that treated Navalny, President Vladimir Putin's most prominent critic. Murakhovsky was subsequently promoted to the post of regional health minister.
After tense negotiations with the authorities, Navalny was airlifted to Germany from Omsk for further treatment.
Laboratory tests in three European countries, confirmed by the global chemical weapons watchdog, established that Navalny had been poisoned with a Soviet-style Novichok nerve agent.
The Kremlin has repeatedly rejected any suggestion that Russian authorities tried to kill Navalny. He was jailed in February on what he said were trumped up charges.
(Reporting by Anton Zverev; Writing by Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky)
Top doctor who treated Navalny missing in forest .
The ex-hospital chief whose team treated Putin critic Alexei Navalny is missing in a forest.The swampy area is hard to access and a helicopter and drones are being used in the search, in the Omsk region.