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Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny out of coma after 'severe' Novichok nerve agent poisoning

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Russia’s most prominent opposition leader, Alexey Navalny, was taken out of a medically-induced coma and his condition “has improved,” according to a statement …
Russia’s most prominent opposition leader, Alexey Navalny, was taken out of a medically-induced coma and his condition “has improved,” according to a statement from the German hospital where he’s being treated. Navalny,44, was transferred from a Russian hospital to one in Berlin for treatment after falling ill while on a plane in Serbia more than two weeks ago. Germany’s federal government announced last week that Navalny had been poisoned with a Novichok nerve agent, developed as part of a secret Soviet chemical weapons program. “The patient has been removed from his medically-induced coma and is being weaned off mechanical ventilation,” Charite University Hospital Berlin said in the statement Monday. “He is responding to verbal stimuli. It remains too early to gauge the potential long-term effects of his severe poisoning.” “The treating physicians remain in close contact with Mr. Navalny’s wife,” the hospital added.

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