(Bloomberg) -- Russian doctors cleared the way for prominent anti-corruption campaigner Alexei Navalny to receive medical treatment abroad for his suspected poisoning after his wife appealed directly to President Vladimir Putin.
Local doctors approved his transportation after consultations with German medics, the state-controlled RIA Novosti news service reported, citing Anatoly Kalinichenko, the deputy head of the hospital where Navalny is being treated.
Russian doctors have refused to allow the anti-Kremlin opposition leader Alexey Navalny to be evacuated from Siberia to Germany for treatment for suspected poisoning, prompting accusations from his colleagues that the Kremlin is trying to cover up that he might have been poisoned.
An air ambulance organized by the Berlin-based non-profit Cinema for Peace landed in Omsk on Friday morning and was ready to carry Navalny to the German capital for treatment at a hospital there, Navalny's spokesman said.
But the head doctor at the Omsk hospital treating Navalny, Alexander Murakhovsky told reporters the hospital would not release Navalny for transport, saying his condition did not currently allow it. Another doctor at the hospital said at the current time they also do believe Navalny had been poisoned, saying no traces of poison have been found in his urine or blood.