NewsAfter potential poisoning: Ex-Putin adviser is treated in Frankfurt

After potential poisoning: Ex-Putin adviser is treated in Frankfurt

Created: 08/07/2022 3:39 p.m

Präsident Wladimir Putin (l.) und Anatoli Tschubais (r.) im Kreml-Büro im Jahr 2019
President Vladimir Putin (L) and Anatoly Chubais (R) together at the Kremlin office in 2019. (Archive photo) © ITAR-TASS/Imago Images

Anatoly Chubais, a former Kremlin official, was transferred from an Italian hospital to Frankfurt after a suspected poisoning.

FRANKFURT – Former Kremlin official Anatoly Chubais has left the Olbia hospital on the island of Sardinia, according to the Italian newspaper La Repubblica . He had reacted positively to the medication and had now been flown to Frankfurt to receive further treatment there. Anatoly Chubais was long considered a confidant of President Vladimir Putin.

Putin confidant in Frankfurt: Serious symptoms of illness

A week ago, the former special representative of the Kremlin was taken to a clinic in Sardinia with severe symptoms of illness. After initial suspicions of poisoning, the Italian police carried out a corresponding investigation with specialists. The toxicological report is still pending, but according to the newspaper La Repubblica everything points to a rare nervous disease in Chubais.

Anatoly Chubais rejects the Ukraine war. At the end of March he resigned from his position in Moscow. He was recently hospitalized in Europe with symptoms of a neurological condition. Chubais’ wife told a Russian journalist that he had suddenly felt numbness in his hands and legs. After his admission, it was said that the 67-year-old was “not in a stable condition”.

Ex-Kremlin adviser: Guillain-Barré syndrome could be the cause

The exact cause of the hospitalization is not yet known. The news of his sudden illness, however, bears a resemblance to Kremlin critics who have been attacked with poisoning. According to the New York Times , Chubais suffers from Guillain-Barré syndrome, a rare nervous condition that begins with pain and numbness in the limbs and can lead to paralysis throughout the body.

Valdimir Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said the news of Chubais’ illness was sad. On behalf of the Kremlin, he wished him a speedy recovery. (aa/dpa)

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