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Russia Update: February 2, 2017
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The Interpreter
@Interpreter_Mag
Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
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Opposition Activist Kara-Murza, Jr. Hospitalized in Serious Condition in Moscow with Similar Symptoms to 2015 Poisoning
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Latest Medical Update on Situation of Kara-Murza, Opposition Activist Hospitalized Today

Vladimir Kara-Murza, Jr., journalist and activist in the Russian opposition, has been hospitalized again today in serious condition with the same symptoms as his poisoning in 2015, Interfax and CBS have reported.

CBS reported:

Open Russia, run by exiled Kremlin critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky, said in a statement on Thursday that Vladimir Kara-Murza was hospitalized earlier in the day after becoming ill. 

Kara-Murza worked as a program manager for Open Russia.

Just yesterday, he tweeted from the make-shift memorial in honor of Boris Nemtsov his close friend and colleague assassinated two years ago. This memorial has been repeatedly swept away either by the authorities of pro-government ultranationalist activists, but liberal opposition members continue to put it back.

Translation: We're here. We remember. 

He and another colleague, Ilya Yashin, whose interview we published this week had submitted an application to hold a march in memory of Nemtsov.

Translation: Together with @IlyaYashin and @agitator_mass we submitted a letter to the Moscow Mayor's offer on the intention to hold on February 26 (Sunday) a march for Boris Nemtsov.

The letter was signed by veteran human rights advocate Ludmila Alexeyeva, anti-corruption activist Alexey Navalny and other rights or opposition leaders. 

Navalny, who is on trial today in the provincial city of Kirov, stopped to tweet a message of support:

Translation: Wow. Voldoya @vkaramurza, get well! Vladimir Kara-Murza, Jr. hospitalized in serious conditions.

Earlier this week on January 21, Kara-Murza travelled to Tver, about 180 km northwest of Moscow, where he showed a film about Boris Nemtsov and led a public discussion about the film. 


31 января показали фильм "Немцов" в... - Vladimir Kara-Murza | FacebookDetails... →
Feb 02, 2017 16:36 (GMT)


Some indirect reports indicate that his condition may not be as serious as in 2015:

But Kara-Murza's wife reported on Facebook to friends (translation by The Interpreter):

"My dears...Volodya [Vladimir] is once again in emergency with symptoms reminiscent of those with which he was hospitalized in 2015...Pray along with me, please. "

Later, friends said she had reported that Kara-Murza was unconscious, on a ventilator, and receiving kidney dialysis. 

The pattern was eerily similar to his days before his last hospitalization, when he returned to Moscow from a lecture in Kazan and suddenly wound up in serious condition where he spent many days in a medically-induced coma in dialysis and had a long recovery period.

At that time despite pro-government disinformation about his case, he was not found to have any drugs in his system or food poisoning. His family attempted to get alternative diagnoses but the substance that caused the poisoning was never found, although heavy metals were discovered in his system. He continued to believe he was deliberately poisoned in order to hinder his activism. 

There was no word yet on whether the mayor was permitting the march. 

-- Catherine A. Fitzpatrick