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Poisoned Russian opposition figure ‘able to leave bed’

September 15, 2020 By 0 Comments

The poisoned Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny has been removed from ventilation and can leave his bed, the Berlin hospital treating him has said.

Mr Navalny collapsed on a flight from Siberia on 20 August, and tests have shown he was poisoned with a Novichok nerve agent.

He was transferred to the Charité hospital in the German capital.

His team alleges he was poisoned on the orders of President Vladimir Putin – the Kremlin denies any involvement.

The Charité hospital gave the update in a tweet on Monday. It said he continued to improve and was “currently undergoing mobilisation and is able to leave his bed for short periods of time”.

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Separately, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov cancelled his trip to Berlin for talks, scheduled for Tuesday, Russian media reported.

They quoted Russia’s foreign ministry as saying the cancellation followed a change in schedule by German counterparts.

The latest news on Mr Navalny also came as results were announced from Russia’s council elections.

Opposition candidates won seats in two Siberian cities where the anti-corruption blogger had been campaigning before being poisoned.

The pro-Kremlin United Russia party claimed a clear win overall.

Germany’s government has said that laboratories in France and Sweden have now reconfirmed German tests showing that the poison used on Mr Navalny was Novichok.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said he did not expect his country to be criticised now that the confirmations had been made.

He was referring to the Kremlin’s response to the tests. Russia has said Germany has not provided it with details.


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