In de krant houden we de ziekte van ex-premier Gaidar bewust low-key. Vergiftigd of niet?  Hij stortte ineen bij een presentatie van zijn boek ‘The Death of Empire’, en dus?

Misschien, maar eerst harde feiten graag. Iedere Russische neo-liberaal met overgewicht wil wel door Poetin vergiftigd worden vandaag de dag. We kijken het dus nog even aan met de vader van de Russische shocktherapie (en wat dat zoal opleverde)

UPDATE: Gaidar’s entourage houdt het op vergiftiging, maar een deelnemer aan het congres waar Gaidar ineen zeeg, zegt in deze e-mail dat het helemaal niet zo dramatisch was. Diabetes, denkt hij. Uit de Johnson List:

From: “Seamus Martin”
Date: Wed, 29 Nov 2006
Subject: Gaidar illness

The RIA-Novosti article and a similar one in the
Financial Times on Yegor Gaidar’s illness are alarmist and irresponsible.

I was present at the conference at NUI Maynooth,
County Kildare, when Yegor Gaidar took ill. He
had been commenting on demographic developments
in Russia when he said he would have to leave the
room. He walked out with his hand covering his
mouth in the manner of someone who was about to throw up.

In the corridor outside he became very ill with a
severe nose-bleed and vomiting which contained
some blood. The fact that he spoke to the people
who were helping him shows that reports that he
was “unconscious for three hours” are unfounded.
The ambulance service personnel noted that his
blood-pressure had become very high and he was
taken to the James Connolly Memorial Hospital in
the Dublin suburb of Blanchardstown. The Irish
Times had a reporter at the hospital for much of
that evening and reported that Mr Gaidar’s condition was linked to diabetes.

I enquired about his condition about two hours
after he was taken ill and was told that he was
fine would would be released from hospital after
a period of observation. Mr Gaidar was kept in
hospital overnight and his condition had improved
to the extent that he was released the following
morning. He then spent the entire day and that
evening at the Russian Embassy in Dublin before travelling home.

There was no suggestion from the hospital that
poisoning was involved and his extremely rapid
recovery would seem to confirm this.

For people in in Russia and the UK to suggest
poisoning at a remove of almost a week is simply
ridiculous and perhaps politically motivated.

Seamus Martin
(Retired International Editor and former Moscow
Correspondent of The Irish Times)