Russian Opposition Leader Alexei Navalny Out Of Induced Coma

Putin critic had collapsed from suspected poisoning August 20.

Sohil Nikam

September 8, 2020

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Russian opposition leader, Alexei Navalny is now out of a medically induced coma, as per a statement from the German hospital where he is being treated. A severe critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Navalny had become sick from suspected poisoning on a flight to Moscow from the Siberian city of Tomsk on August 20. The German government had said last week that tests had shown “unequivocal evidence” of the use of a chemical nerve agent from the Soviet-era Novichok group.

Berlin‘s Charité Hospital, where Navalny is currently recovering, has said that he “is being weaned off mechanical ventilation” and “is responding to verbal stimuli.” The hospital also added, “It remains too early to gauge the potential long-term effects of his severe poisoning.” The opposition leader was first admitted in a Siberian hospital, where his staff alleged he was not treated properly. He was hence flown to Germany for treatment.

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