Hospital Reports Awakening Navalny and Improving His Condition
The poisoned Kremlin critic Alexej Navalny has improved. He is out of his artificial coma and off the ventilator, the Charité hospital in Berlin said in a statement on Monday.
The doctors decided that Navalny could be brought out of his artificial coma and he is responding to speech, the hospital added. “Long-term damage as a result of severe poisoning, cannot be ruled out.”
Navalny became unwell during a flight from Siberia to Moscow on August 20. His plane then made an emergency landing in Omsk, where the Russian opposition leader was admitted to a hospital.
People from Navalny’s area say that he drank tea that was said to have been poisoned before the flight.
At the urging of his family, friends, and Western leaders, Navalny was taken to Germany on an ambulance flight for treatment.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has asked Russia for clarification and is not ruling out sanctions. Moscow accused Berlin of judging on Sunday based on insufficient information.