Alexei Navalny out of coma; Germany demands explanation from Russia

Vladimir Putin’s critic, Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny is finally out of a coma after being rushed to the hospital for alleged poisoning.

Multiple publications confirm that Alexei Navalny is out from being in a medically induced coma. As previously reported, the opposition leader was suspected to be poisoned late in August during his travel from the Siberian city of Tomsk and back to Moscow.

There have been wild suspicions as to where the 44-year-old could’ve gotten poisoned. The German medical team behind Navalny’s recovery has confirmed the substance that made him severely ill instantly.

This new development helps turn down the rumors that Navalny’s condition was allegedly caused by a hangover pill, after intensively drinking the night before the incident. Although,  Anti-Corruption Foundation press secretary Kira Yarmysh has since denied that narrative.

Alexei Navalny current condition

According to The New York TimesAlexei Navalny is being treated at Charité hospital in Berlin. On Monday, his doctors confirmed that he is finally out of medically induced coma and is responsive to stimuli.

According to a hospital statement, Navalny is “responsive to verbal stimuli.” However, the long-term effects of the incident are yet to be determined.

The hospital further stated:

“It remains too early to gauge the potential long-term effects of his severe poisoning.”

The poison that almost killed Alexei Navalny

Accordingly, it was found out that the poison was from a “Novichok family of substances.” It was determined by the German Army’s chemical weapons specialists.

In a previous report by The New York Timesthe doctors suspected something far more dangerous. To the point that they needed the assistance of the government army to help identify the substance that almost killed Alexei Navalny.

As it turns out, the poison was a nerve agent “nerve agent from the same class used in a 2018 attack in Britain on an ex-Soviet spy.” The same publication reports that Russia is known for using poison in taking people through assassination.

The Novichok agent is one of its known materials used.

German government demanding explanation from Russia

The German authorities are now seeking accountability from Russia. However, it appears that the Kremlin has no plans to provide an explanation.

They are keen on arguing that no proof has been shown yet that Navalny was indeed poisoned. Russian officials exert that the German doctors are yet to share more details to prove Navalny’s poisoning.

The British government has also expressed its opinion on this matter. Stating that London finds this incident as “absolutely unacceptable.” NPR reports that the First Secretary of State in the United Kingdom, Dominic Raab, strongly believes that “Russia must hold a full, transparent investigation.”


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