German doctors say Alexei Navalny is improving

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has had his ventilator taken off and can leave his bed for a short time.

German doctors say Alexei Navalny is improving

In a major update, Berlin's Charity Hospital said Navalny's condition was "improving" and indicated he was able to speak. It states that the latest news of his health has come to light after consultation with Navalny and his wife.

German medical experts have warned that it is too early to say whether Navalny will fully recover. But the fact that he is out of a medically motivated coma and able to walk a little is the most positive sign to date.

Navalny fell on August 20 after drinking a cup of tea at Tomsk Airport in Siberia. Two days later he was flown’ from Russia to Berlin and went on a ventilator for more than three weeks. He fainted while doctors treated him with antidote atropine.

Navalny's aides welcomed the Berlin news. His press secretary, Kira Yarmysh, said the opposition leader was "completely disconnected" from the ventilator and could stand.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel revealed earlier this month that Navalny had been poisoned in March 2018 in Salisbury, south-west England, by a deadly Russian nerve agent, Novichok, used in a march against Sergei and Yulia Skripal’. Was He and other world leaders have called on Russia to provide answers and conduct a transparent investigation.

On Monday, Berlin said French and Swedish laboratories had confirmed to Germany that Novichok had been used’ to poison Neville. Ellis said French President Emmanuel Macron had called Russian President Vladimir Putin and asked him to explain what had happened.

In a statement, Macron's office said: "The President expressed deep concern over the criminal act against Alexei Navalny and stressed the need to immediately shed light on the events and responsibilities of this move."

Macron added that the use of Novichok violates "international rules on the use of chemical weapons." It is unclear whether the EU will impose sanctions on Moscow, which denies any involvement and says there is no evidence that Navalny was poisoned.

Macaulay's efforts to resume talks with Putin have been jeopardized’ said Les Echos, a financial analyst. The announcement of relations between Paris and Moscow was made’ on July 14 with the Russian Deputy Minister of Defense and Deputy Foreign Minister as VIP guests at the French Embassy Bastille Day celebrations.

The invitation follows a lengthy video conference between Macron and Putin, during which Macron accepted Putin's invitation to "strategic dialogue" in Moscow in September.

News magazine L'Express reported that Macron had told diplomats and ambassadors last year that it was important to renew France's relations with Russia. According toEl Express, Macron will be listening to former Secretary of State Hubert VĂ©drine, who has expressed the view that "relations with Russia worse than they are today are absolutely baseless."

Meanwhile, Navalny's supporters won city council seats in Siberia after Sunday's regional elections. For both Novosibirsk and Tomsk, the heads of Navalny's offices succeeded.

Navalny went to Tomsk to promote his "smart voting" campaign when he was poisoned’ at the airport on his way back to Moscow. Kenya Fadeyeva, a 28-year-old head of Navalny's Tomsk office, said she won a city council seat with another Navalny colleague.

"This is the first victory of the head of the Navalny office. It was in Tomsk where Navalny was poisoned," Ivan Zhdanov, director of the Anti-Corruption Foundation of Opposition Politicians, said on Twitter.


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