Doctors at a German hospital treating Alexey Navalny confirmed that the vocal critic of Vladimir Putin was poisoned. He had an “intoxication by a substance from the group of active substances called cholinesterase inhibitors,” according to the hospital’s analysis. “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,” hospital officials said. Navalny was given an antidote and is still in an induced coma. At the same time, “His health is serious, but there is currently no acute danger to his life,” the hospital said.
Navalny was transferred to the German capital from the Siberian city of Omsk on Saturday morning. The specific substance used to poison Navalny has not yet been identified. Cholinesterase inhibitors can slow the heart rate and are toxic to the brain. “The European Union strongly condemns what seems to be an attempt on Mr Navalny’s life. It is imperative that the Russian authorities initiate an independent and transparent investigation on the poisoning of Mr Navalny without delay,” a statement originated by the EU said. „Local authorities are now urgently called upon to clear up this crime to the last detail, and to do so in full transparency,” the Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman also transmitted.