Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny has been removed from a medically induced coma and is responding to speech, Berlin’s Charite hospital said on Monday.
Navalny fell mysteriously ill on a flight back to Moscow from Siberia on August 20.It made an emergency landing in Omsk so that Navalny could be stretchered off.
He was transfered to a German Hospital two days later from there. It was informed by the doctors that there are certain signs that he was poisoned.
“It remains too early to gauge the potential long-term effects of his severe poisoning,” Charite said in a statement.
Chancellor Angela Merkel has said her government has concluded Navalny, 44, was poisoned with Novichok, the same substance that Britain said was used against a Russian double agent and his daughter in an attack in England in 2018.
Although Moscow says it has seen no evidence he was poisoned.
“Poisoning as a diagnosis remains on the back burner, but we don’t believe that the patient suffered from poisoning,” deputy chief doctor Anatoly Kalinichenko at the hospital in Omsk told reporters Friday.
According to German news magazine Der Spiegel, experts at the German hospital sought advice from Porton Down, Britain’s secretive laboratory for research on chemical and biological weapons, because of possible similarities with the 2018 Sergei Skripal attack. In that case, Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned with military-grade Novichok.
The German government announced on Wednesday that tests performed on samples taken from Navalny positively showed the presence of the nerve agent ‘Novichok’
Notably,Novichok is a deadly group of nerve agents developed by the Soviet military in the 1970s and 1980s.
Moreover, Navalnaya wrote a letter to the Kremlin, directly asking Putin to intervene.“I officially appeal to you (Putin) to demand you allow the transportation of… Navalny to .. Germany,” the letter published on social media read.
“I understand he’s still unconscious, but they’re used to such special assignments and they say very clearly he can fly and they want to fly him,” film producer Jaka Bizilj, of Cinema For Peace, told the Associated Press after being in touch with the German medical team.