İrem UZUN -TDO- The German hospital treating leading Russian opposition politician Alexey Navalny has said tests indicate that he was poisoned. While Berlin’s Charité hospital did not identify the specific poison responsible for Navalny’s sudden illness on an internal Russian flight last Thursday, the substance was part of a group that affects the central nervous system.
The hospital said "the patient is in an intensive care unit and is still in an induced coma. His health is serious but there is currently no acute danger to his life". In return, German Chancellor Angela Merkel called on Russia to fully investigate the Kremlin critic's suspected poisoning saying those responsible "must be identified and held accountable". "In view of the prominent role of Navalny in the political opposition in Russia, the authorities there are now urgently called upon to investigate this act down to the last detail - and in full transparency," she said in a joint statement with Foreign Minister Heiko Maas.
Navalny was airlifted from the Siberian city of Omsk to the Charité hospital in Berlin on Saturday following a standoff over his evacuation between his aides and Russian doctors. The Siberian doctors who initially treated Navalny had previously said tests showed no traces of poison.