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Wife of Kremlin critic appeals to Putin to let Navalny be moved from hospital

Yulia Navalnaya, wife of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, and Anastasia Vasilyeva, Alexei Navalny's personal physician, walk outside a hospital, where Alexei receives medical treatment in Omsk, Russia August 21, 2020. Alexei Navalny began feeling ill, en route from Tomsk to Moscow, on a plane which made an emergency landing in Omsk due to his serious condition. The sign reads: "Acute poisoning centre". REUTERS/Alexey Malgavko

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The wife of stricken Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny appealed to President Vladimir Putin in a letter on Friday to allow him to be transported from a hospital in Siberia to Germany to receive medical assistance.

The letter, which was published on social media, was sent to the Kremlin directly, a Navalny ally said.

Navalny’s allies fear Navalny was poisoned and have organised medical care for him in Germany, but Russian doctors have said Navalny’s condition is too unstable for him to be moved from hospital.

Reporting by Polina Nikolskaya and Maria Tsvetkova; writing by Tom Balmforth; editing by Jon Boyle