After falling ill back in August, the Russian opposition leader ‘Alexei Navalny’ has emerged from an induced coma and is responsive according to doctors who are treating him at Charité Hospital in Berlin.
The hospital stated that Navalny’s condition is improving and that he is going to be gradually disconnected from his ventilator.
Navalny’s team says that he was poisoned on the orders of Russian President Vladimir Putin, however the Russian President has denied any involvement.
In regards to Navalny’s improving condition, the hospital stated that “He is responding to verbal stimuli. It remains too early to gauge the potential long-term effects of his severe poisoning”.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel stated last week that Navalny’s poisoning has raised questions that only the Russian government can answer, stating that there was “unequivocal evidence” that Navalny was poisoned using a Novichok nerve agent.
NATO’s Secretary-General has called for Moscow to answer investigations into the matter as he described the incident as an “appalling assassination attempt” on Navalny.
If Russia does not cooperate with the investigation, the joint underwater gas pipeline project between Germany and Russian will be abandoned as threatened by Germany’s Foreign Minister ‘Heiko Maas’.