Navalny had no toxic substances in body while in Russia: intelligence head

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MOSCOW, Oct. 8 (Xinhua) -- No poisonous substances were found in Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny's body when he was on the territory of the Russian Federation, the TASS news agency reported on Thursday, citing Russian Foreign Intelligence Service Director Sergei Naryshkin.

"We can assert that there were no toxic substances in his body at the time when blogger Navalny was in Russia. This is an indisputable fact. Russia has confirmation in the form of samples of Navalny's biological material," Naryshkin said during an interview with TASS.

"The doctors of the Omsk hospital who saved blogger Navalny's life conducted a comprehensive examination of the state of his body, and no toxic substances that could cause any degree of poisoning, the more so the severe degree of poisoning, were found," he added.

Naryshkin dismissed the recent allegation made by Navalny that he was poisoned by Russian special services, calling it "Russophobic propaganda," as reported by TASS.

Navalny became unwell on a flight from the Russian city of Tomsk to Moscow on Aug. 20, with the plane making an emergency landing in the city of Omsk.

He reportedly fell into a coma after being hospitalized in Omsk and was later transferred to Germany for treatment. Enditem

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