Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was poisoned, says Berlin hospital

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Aug 24, 2020

August 24, 2020

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Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has showed signs he was poisoned and remains in an induced coma, according to the German hospital treating him.

The Charite hospital in Berlin said doctors found the presence of cholinesterase inhibitors in Mr Navalny’s system that suggest he had been poisoned, although the specific substance used remains unknown.

“His health is serious but there is currently no acute danger to his life,” said the hospital, which the 44-year-old was admitted to on Saturday after an intervention by Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Mr Navalny is being treated with the antidote atropine.

“The outcome of the disease remains uncertain and long-term consequences, especially in the area of ​​the nervous system, cannot be ruled out at this point in time,” the hospital added.

He has been in an artificial coma since Thursday after falling ill on a plane returning to Moscow from the Siberian city of Tomsk.

His sudden illness raised suspicions after a string of Kremlin critics fell victim to poisoning in recent years and Germany has demanded an explanation from Russia over what happened.

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, with his wife Yulia, daughter Daria and son Zakhar. AP, file

Russian Opposition activist Alexei Navalny attends a rally in support of opposition candidates in the Moscow City Duma elections in downtown of Moscow. EPA, file

Police officers detain a man during a single-person demonstration in support of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny near the presidential administration headquarters in central Moscow. Reuters

Anatoly Kalinichenko, deputy chief doctor of the Omsk Ambulance Hospital No. 1, right, and Boris Teplykh, head of the department of anaesthesiology and resuscitation of the Pirogov's medical centre, speak to the media at the intensive care unit where Alexei Navalny was hospitalised. AP

An ambulance carrying Alexei Navalny from the Omsk Ambulance Hospital No. 1, intensive care unit to the airport. Alexei Navalny's press team via AP

Russian medics put opposition politician Alexei Navalny into an ambulance to transport him from an emergency care hospital to an airport. EPA

Medics upload Alexei Navalny into a German special medical plane at an airport in Omsk. Alexei Navalny's press team via AP

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, centre on stretcher, is transported to a German special medical plane at an airport in Omsk. AP

An ambulance aircraft evacuating Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny for medical treatment in a German hospital takes off. Reuters

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Updated: August 24, 2020 07:08 PM

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