Russian government brushes off accusations Navalny poisoned

MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin has brushed off allegations that Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who is in a coma in a German hospital, was poisoned. The government also said Tuesday that there were no grounds for a criminal investigation because the politician’s condition may have been triggered by other causes. The insistence by the government that Navalny wasn’t necessarily poisoned, in comments amplified by Russian doctors, came a day after German doctors said tests indicated that he was poisoned and elicited outrage from Navalny’s allies. They say the Kremlin was behind the illness of its most prominent critic. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov dismissed the accusations, saying they “absolutely cannot be true and are rather an empty noise.”