Putin’s critic Navalny still in critical condition

Moscow, 23rd August: Russian anti-corruption campaigner Alexei Navalny, who has been in a coma since Thursday, remains in a “very critical” condition.

According to reports from Bloomberg, Alexei Navalny, who has been in a coma since Thursday, remains in a “very critical” if stable condition since arriving in Germany for medical treatment after his suspected poisoning, according to an ally who helped organize his transfer.

“The good news is that he arrived in Berlin in a stable condition,” Jaka Bizilj, co-founder of the Cinema for Peace group that facilitated Navalny’s move to the city’s Charite hospital, said in a phone interview Saturday. Doctors at Germany’s biggest teaching hospital will need to try to help him and ascertain medical facts, said Bizilj.

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After his family, activists, and international leaders appealed directly to President Vladimir Putin, Navalny was permitted to leave the hospital in Omsk, Siberia.

Navalny, who is a strong man, is undergoing a “comprehensive diagnosis of his condition” and doctors would comment on time after speaking with his family.

Russian opposition leader poisoned

Navalny, 44, fell sick on a plane returning to Moscow from the Siberian city of Tomsk on Thursday. He was in the city meeting local activists and opposition candidates ahead of regional elections in September, and his spokeswoman Kira Yarmysh said he’d only had a cup of tea that day before the flight. The aircraft made an emergency landing in another Siberian city, Omsk, where he was put on a ventilator.

Doctors at the Omsk hospital initially said they were investigating a possible poisoning but later said they found no evidence. His team also cited an unidentified police officer who told them that there was some toxin found. There was never an official confirmation of possible poisoning.

The case has drawn international attention. US President Donald Trump said he’s looking into the situation, while German Chancellor Angela Merkel called for a probe of the incident and French President Emmanuel Macron said he’s extremely concerned.

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