German Hospital Says Navalny Poisoned by a Cholinesterase Inhibitor

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German Hospital Says Navalny Poisoned
By RFE/RL Updated August 24, 2020 04:07 PM

The hospital treating gravely ill Russian opposition leader Aleksei Navalny since he was medically airlifted to Germany two days earlier said on August 24 that its tests indicate he was “poisoned.”

Navalny “is in an intensive-care unit and is still in an induced coma,” it said, adding that his health “is serious but there is currently no acute danger to his life.”

The staunch anti-corruption campaigner and critic of President Vladimir Putin fell ill on August 20 during a flight from the Siberian city of Tomsk to Moscow.

The plane made an emergency landing in Omsk, where doctors put him into an induced coma.

“The clinical findings indicate intoxication by a substance from the group of active substances called cholinesterase inhibitors,” a statement by the Charite hospital said.

Cholinesterase inhibitors, also known as anti-cholinesterase, are a…

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