Police suspect a doctor who examined Kremlin critic Navalny has gone missing.

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The Siberian doctor who examined Alexei Navalny had gone missing after leaving a hunting base in the woods on an all-terrain vehicle on Friday.

According to Russian authorities, a Siberian doctor who examined Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny after he collapsed on a flight in Russia last year has gone missing.

Police in the Omsk area, about 2,200 kilometres (1,370 miles) east of Moscow, said physician Alexander Murakhovsky had gone missing after leaving a hunting base in a forest on an all-terrain vehicle on Friday.

It said that emergency services, drones, a helicopter and volunteers on the ground had joined the search effort.

Murakhovsky was the head doctor at the hospital in the Siberian city of Omsk that treated Navalny, President Vladimir Putin’s most prominent critic. Murakhovsky was subsequently promoted to the post of regional health minister.

After tense negotiations with the authorities, Navalny was airlifted to Germany from Omsk for further treatment.

Laboratory tests in three European countries, confirmed by the global chemical weapons watchdog, established that Navalny had been poisoned with a Soviet-style Novichok nerve agent.

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The Kremlin has repeatedly rejected any suggestion that Russian authorities tried to kill Navalny. He was jailed in February on what he said were trumped up charges.

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