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Russia’s opposition leader is out of a coma

Charite Hospital in Germany, which treats Russian opposition leader Navalny, said he had stopped using the anesthetic and that his health was improving.

“Alexei Navalny ended his coma through medical intervention and is slowly quitting the ventilator. He reacts to voice stimulation and his condition is getting better,” Charite Hospital in Berlin, Germany , today released a statement, but asserted it is too early to conclude the possible long-term effects on the Russian opposition leader after this incident.

Navalny (wearing a mask) was taken to an ambulance to arrive at the airport on August 22. Photo: Reuters.

Navalny, 44, leader of the opposition party of the Russian People’s Union, passed out while on a flight from Siberia to Moscow on August 20, forcing his plane to make an emergency landing. Navalny’s assistant claimed he was poisoned while drinking tea at a coffee shop at Tomsk airport, Siberia, before boarding the plane.

Germany on September 2 announced that Navalny was poisoned by the Novichok compound, but Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova called it a “lack of evidence” statement. Russian doctors said they found no trace of the toxin in Navalny’s body, adding that his condition was caused by a sudden drop in blood glucose levels due to a metabolic imbalance.

British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab said on September 6 that maybe the Russian government was behind the “poisoning” Alexei Navalny and said that the Russian opposition leader was “clearly” poisoned by Novichok, the type of nerve agent that comes from Soviet era and is believed to have been used in the 2018 attack on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal in Britain.

The Kremlin condemns efforts to blame the Russian government for the serious illness of Navalny as “unreasonable”. Moscow has repeatedly denied all allegations related to the incident, asserted there is no reason to blame or punish Russia, and expressed hope that the issue does not ruin its relations with the West.

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