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Alexander Murakhovsky, chief doctor of a hospital where Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny was receiving medical treatment after collapsing on a flight, speaks with the media in Omsk, Russia, on Aug. 21, 2020. Russian police say Murakhovsky has gone missing.ALEXEY MALGAVKO/Reuters

A Siberian doctor who treated Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny after he collapsed on a flight in Russia last year has gone missing, Russian police said on Sunday.

Police in the Omsk region, about 2,200 kilometres east of Moscow, said physician Alexander Murakhovsky had left a hunting base in a forest on an all-terrain vehicle on Friday and had not been seen since.

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

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

After tense negotiations with the authorities, Mr. 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 Mr. Navalny had been poisoned with a Soviet-style Novichok nerve agent.

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