Poisoned Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny responsive after being taken out of medically induced coma

The German hospital treating Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny says he has been taken out of an induced coma and is responsive.

German experts say Navalny, who fell ill Aug. 20 on a domestic flight in Russia, was poisoned with a substance belonging to the Soviet-era nerve agent Novichok.

Berlin’s Charité hospital said Monday that Navalny’s condition has further improved, allowing doctors to end the medically induced coma and gradually ease him off mechanical ventilation.

It noted that he was responding to speech but “long-term consequences of the serious poisoning can still not be ruled out.”

WATCH | Russian opposition leader poisoned by Novichok, Germany says:

Doctors in Germany say they have proof that Alexei Navalny, a vocal critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, was poisoned by Novichok, a Soviet-era nerve agent. 1:55

More to come.

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