Alexey Navalny, Russia's (Putin's) opposition leader, was transferred yesterday from Siberia to Berlin for emergency treatment (for a suspected poisoning).
Russian doctors permitted him to be evacuated from Russia to Germany at Navalny's family request.
Why would Putin allow such a transfer?
- he takes the risk of having Western doctors show that Navalny was indeed poisoned
- doctors might save him and allow him to talk, loudly
Is it because
- Putin gave in to public opinion?
- Putin is not the one who ordered the poisoning, and simply doesn't want Navalny to die? (for political reasons)
- Putin doesn't want more Western sanctions?
- or, Putin wants to get rid of him...