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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Illness of 2 U.S. Citizens Prompts a Police Inquiry

Police are investigating the suspected poisoning of two U.S. citizens who were hospitalized in Moscow on Saturday.

Marina Kovalevskaya and her daughter, Yana Kovalevskaya, were rushed to the emergency room early Saturday. Doctors at the Sklifosovsky First Aid Institute detected signs of poisoning, but had not identified any specific poison, a law enforcement source told Interfax on Saturday.

Police could not be reached for comment Sunday, but a police source told Citi-FM radio that the two women had received guests at the Moscow hotel where they were staying, and fell ill after the guests left. Investigators have confiscated food and pills from the hotel room, Citi-FM reported.

Interfax reported that Marina Kovalevskaya, born in 1958, and her daughter Yana, born in 1981, went Saturday to the American Medical Center, but were quickly moved to the Sklifosovsky center.

A Sklifosovsky employee, who declined to give her name, confirmed Sunday that Kovalevskaya and her daughter were receiving treatment at the facility. The employee said she was not authorized to discuss details of the women's diagnoses.

A U.S. Embassy official, who declined to be identified in line with embassy policy, said Sunday that consular officers were in contact with the mother, hospital personnel and police investigators, but that he could give no further details.

An employee of the American Clinic, located at 31 Grokholsky Pereulok, said Sunday that Kovalevskaya and her daughter had called around 5 a.m. on Saturday and said they were feeling unwell.

The clinic offered to send an ambulance, but the women opted to make their own way to the clinic, presumably by taxi, said the employee, who declined to be identified.

The mother and daughter went instead to the nearby American Medical Center, located at 26 Prospekt Mira, the employee said.