Alexander Murakhovsky is the current Regional Minister of Health of the Omsk Region, who was promoted to the position last November after treating Navalny’s hospital stay at the Omsk No. 1 Emergency Hospital.
Local police in Omsk told TASS that Murakhovsky was reported missing on Saturday after leaving a hunting base in a forest in an off-road vehicle on Friday and has not been seen since.
A statement published by the Omsk Regional Ministry of Interior, which did not name Murakhovsky, said police officers were looking for a man who disappeared in the Bolshevovsky district of the Omsk region:
“On May 8, 2021, the Russian Ministry of the Interior for the Omsk region received the news that the Bolshevukovsky district, born in Omsk in 1971, had left the hunting base in the village of Pospelovo with an ATV which, for about a day, the acquaintances of the disappeared undertook independent attempts to to find the man, whereupon they reported the incident to the police, “the statement said.
The statement stated that search and rescue efforts are underway involving emergency services, police, national guard, hunting inspectors and volunteers:
“The search is made significantly more difficult by the difficult terrain and the presence of wetlands,” the statement added.
TASS reported to local police that an unmanned 4×4 vehicle was found and that a helicopter and drone were involved in the search:
“Off-road technology was used to investigate impassable swampy areas of the site. A helicopter and unmanned aerial vehicles are involved. As a result of search activities, a missing ATV was found 6.5 km from the hunting base. Search activities continued,” said a source of the Press service of the Russian Ministry of Interior for the Omsk region told TASS.
Murakhovsky was the chief doctor of the Omsk Emergency Hospital No. 1 when Navalny was admitted to the acute poisoning department of the hospital on August 20 after falling ill on a plane from Siberia to Moscow. The plane made an emergency landing in Omsk.
Murakhovsky gave several press conferences at the time of Navalny’s hospitalization and told the media that the “main diagnosis” for the Kremlin critic was “a metabolic disorder that caused a sharp drop in blood sugar”.
When Murakhovsky was promoted to Omsk regional health minister in November 2020, Navalny mocked the move on social media, saying at the time: “You lie, false test results, are ready to please the bosses in any way – you will receive an award and a promotion . “
In February 2021, Sergey Maximishin, the deputy chief physician of the Siberian hospital where Navalny was treated, “suddenly” died at the age of 55. As deputy chief physician of the hospital for anesthesiology and resuscitation, he was one of the oldest doctors in the hospital.
Navalny Chief of Staff Leonid Volkov confirmed at the time that Maximishin was responsible for treating the opposition leader during his hospital visit in Omsk – specifically, for his medically-related coma.
Navalny was placed in a medically induced coma and eventually evacuated to the German capital, Berlin, where he recovered from poisoning for five months after being exposed to a military-grade nerve agent from Novichok.
Rustam Agishev – another top doctor who worked at the Omsk No. 1 Emergency Hospital, also died in March of this year. Agishev, 63, suffered a stroke in December last year and did not recover, according to a statement released by the hospital at the time. It is not clear whether Agishev had anything to do with Navalny’s treatment.