Russian opponent Alexei Navalny’s health improves

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The state of health of the main Russian opponent, Alexei Navalny, is “Some improvements”, Berlin hospital reported on Friday (August 28th) where he has been treated since he suffered poisoning in Russia, according to German authorities.

“There were some improvements in symptoms caused by ingestion” of a substance from the cholinesterase inhibitor group, the facility, Charité Hospital, said in a statement, adding that he was still in an induced coma and on life support.

For her part, Navalny’s spokeswoman Kira Iarmych confirmed in a Tweet that there was “Currently no serious threat to his life”. “Nevertheless, doctors always avoid any prognosis”, she added.

The hospital reiterated that it was not possible at this stage to determine whether the 44-year-old Russian would have long-term sequelae “From this heavy poisoning”.

Since his transfer to a Berlin hospital on August 22 and confirmation of his poisoning by German doctors, Western countries have increased calls for an investigation, as a minimal sign of Moscow’s goodwill. Despite requests from relatives of the opponent, it has still not been opened.

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Moscow launches “checks”

The Russian police only announced on Thursday, a week after the incident, that they had launched “Preliminary examinations related to the hospitalization of Alexey Navalny”, while rejecting for the time being the possibility of poisoning, as German doctors have established.

Alexei Navalny, 44, rose to the status of “number one opponent” in Russia by denouncing corruption among the elite and in Mr. Putin’s entourage. He was admitted to intensive care last week in a hospital in Omsk (Siberia) after becoming unwell on a plane, then transferred the following day to Berlin. His supporters claim he was poisoned, a hypothesis German doctors have also accepted. Those at Omsk hospital, however, dismissed it.

For the doctors of Charité, the poisoning is linked to a substance from the group of cholinesterase inhibitors, to which formidable chemical weapons called “nerve agents” belong. Among them: sarin, VX or Russian Novichok, used to poison ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in 2018 in England.

The World with AFP

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