Berlin hospital treating poisoned Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny says his condition has improved and he is now able to get out of bed briefly.
BERLIN – Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s health has improved so he can now briefly leave his bed, a Berlin hospital treating him said Monday. Germany French and Swedish laboratories have confirmed that he drank poison with Soviet-era neuroscientist Novichok.
Navalny, the most important opponent RussiaPresident Vladimir Putin was flown to Germany on a domestic flight on August 20, two days after falling ill. Russia And is being treated at the Charid Hospital in Berlin. Berlin has demanded that Russia investigate the case.
Navalny is now “successfully removed from mechanical ventilation,” Charid said.
“He is currently being mobilized and is able to get out of his bed for a short time,” it added.
The report, released Monday, did not address the long-standing perspective of the 44-year-old Russian politician and anti-corruption investigator. Although Navalny is recovering well, doctors have warned that chronic health problems cannot be ruled out from toxicity.
The Kremlin has called on German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other world leaders for Russia to answer questions about the poisoning, denying any official involvement and accusing the West of seeking revenge on Moscow.
Earlier on Monday, German government laboratory tests in France and Sweden backed earlier findings of a German military laboratory that poisoned Navalny Novichok, the same type of Soviet-era agent used by British authorities on former Russian spy Sergei Scripps and his daughter in Salisbury, England in 2018.
German government spokesman Stephen Seibert said the hack-based organization, which bans chemical weapons, was also testing samples from Navalny in its reference labs.
He said Germany had asked France and Sweden to conduct an independent study on the findings. German authorities and laboratories in both countries and OPCW took their own new samples from Navalny.
“In separate attempts from the OPCW exams that are still ongoing, the three laboratories, meanwhile, are independent of each other. Evidence has emerged that Mr Navalny’s poisoning was caused by the neuroscientist of the Novichok Group,” Seabert said.
“We call on Russia again to issue a report on this incident,” he added. “We are in close consultation with our European partners on possible next steps.”
Shepard does not recognize specialized French and Swedish laboratories. But Asa Scott, head of the Swedish Defense Research Organization, told the Swedish news agency DD: “We can confirm that we are seeing the same results as the German laboratory, which means there is no doubt about this material.”
According to Macron’s office, French President Emmanuel Macron expressed “deep concern about the crime” that targeted Navalny during a phone call with Putin on Monday.
The report said that Macron had confirmed that France had reached the same conclusion as its European partners regarding the poisoning. It added that “clarity is needed from Russia within the framework of a credible and transparent investigation.”
In the Kremlin call, Putin said he had “underlined the legitimacy of the baseless allegations against the Russian side” and stressed Germany’s Russia’s demand that Navalny’s analyzes and models be handed over to Russian experts. In this case, Putin called for a joint venture between German and Russian doctors.
Russian officials have asked Germany to share with Novichok the evidence that concludes “no doubt” that Navalny drank poison. Berlin rejected Moscow’s advice.
When asked why no sample was provided to Russia by Navalny, German Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Adebahr responded: “Mr. Navalny was treated in a hospital in Russia for 48 hours. ”
When he fell ill, Navalny was treated at a hospital in the Siberian city of Omsk, where Russian doctors found no evidence of poisoning and said he was too unstable to be transplanted. A German charity sent him on a flight to Berlin for treatment after German doctors said he was fit enough to move.
“On the Russian side there are samples from Mr. Navalny,” Adebar said. “Even after three independent laboratories have established the result, the Russian side is called upon to explain itself, and Russia has … all the information and all the samples needed for an analysis.”
Navalny was placed in an induced coma for more than a week because he was treated with an alternative medication, which hospital officials said a week ago was enough to get him out.
Frank Jordans in Berlin, Vladimir Ischenkov in Moscow, Sylvie Corbett in Paris and John M. in Copenhagen, Denmark. Olson contributed to this report.
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