Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny has been removed from a medically induced coma and is responding to speech according to Berlin’s Charite hospital.
In its statement the hospital, where Navalny is being treated, specified that Navalny has been removed from his medically induced coma and is being weaned off mechanical ventilation. He is responding to verbal stimuli.
It remains too early to gauge the potential long-term effects of his severe poisoning.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said about “unequivocal evidence” that Russian opposition leader and Putin’s critic Alexei Navalny was poisoned with the nerve agent Novichok, developed in the Soviet Union. Berlin released its findings after toxicology tests carried out at a military laboratory.
Novichok was used to poison former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the city of Salisbury in 2018. Both survived.