Poisoned Navalny out of a coma, reacts to voice

The Russian opposition leader Aleksei Navalny is out of a coma and reacts to “verbal stimuli“, says the German hospital where he is being treated.

Because his condition improved, he could be taken out of his artificial coma, says the Charitรฉ Hospital in Berlin. Ventilation is also being phased out. It is still too early to know what the long-term effects of his poisoning will be.

The German government reported last week to have “unequivocal proof” that Navalny has been poisoned with the nerve poison Novichok.

Clarification

Chancellor Merkel spoke of an assassination attempt and demanded clarification from the Russian authorities. That country denies being involved in the poisoning.

The hospital is in close contact with Navalny’s wife. He would have said that Navalny would want the details of his condition made public.

Navalny had fallen ill on a flight in Russia last month and was first admitted to a Russian hospital before being taken to Charitรฉ Hospital.