Today Germany’s government announced Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who was flown to Germany from Siberia in an induced coma, was ‘likely’ poisoned, and needs protection. Navalny had been active in the city of Omsk campaigning to eradicate corruption in Russian politics.
“We’re dealing with a patient who fairly likely was poisoned,” Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman Stefan Seibert told reporters.
“The specific substance has not been identified so far and a further wide-ranging analysis has been initiated. The effect of the toxin, i.e. the cholinesterase inhibition in the organism, has been proven several times and in independent laboratories.”
The hospital added that he remains in a coma but that there is “no acute danger to his life,” reported The Moscow Times.
“The outcome of the disease remains uncertain and long-term effects, especially in the area of the nervous system, cannot be ruled out at this point in time,” the Charité hospital said.
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