Hospital: Russia's Navalny still in coma but improving German doctors treating Russian


German doctors treating Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny for a suspected poisoning say the dissident remains in an induced coma but his condition is stable and his symptoms are improving.

Hospital: Russia's Navalny still in coma but improving


Navalny, a corruption investigator who is one among Russian President Vladimir Putin’s fiercest critics, fell ill on a flight back to Moscow from Siberia a few week ago and was taken to a hospital within the Siberian city of Omsk after the plane made an forced landing .

Last weekend, he was transferred’ to the Charity hospital in Berlin, where doctors found indications of “cholinesterase inhibitors” in his system. Found in some drugs, pesticides and chemical nerve agents, cholinesterase inhibitors block the breakdown of a key chemical within the body, acetycholine that transmits signals between nerve cells.

He is being treated’ with the antidote atropine. Charity said Friday that “there has been some improvement within the symptoms caused by the inhibition of cholinesterase activity.”

“While his condition remains serious, there's no immediate danger to his life,” the hospital said. “However, thanks to the severity of the patient’s poisoning, it remains too early to measure potential long-term effects.”

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