In a brief statement, the hospital Charity Berlin reported on Monday that the state of health of the Russian opposition leader, Alekséi Navalni, has improved in recent hours. The Russian blogger suffered three weeks ago poisoning with a chemical agent from the familia Novichok while flying from Siberia a Moscow, as confirmed by the German government.
The patient “has left the induced coma in which he was being supported by medication “and is reacting” when spoken to, “reads the text issued by the health center. Likewise, he is” withdrawing the artificial ventilation“, he continued. However, according to the doctors who treat him,” they still cannot be ruled out long-term consequences severe poisoning “.
The recovery of Navalni has been celebrated by its surroundings in the Anti-Corruption Fund, the NGO founded by himself. Liubov Sóbol, Kyra Yarmish The Iván Zhdánov, all of them members of his circle of trust, have spread tweets in which they congratulated themselves on the hopeful news. Of course, the regional elections, scheduled for next Sunday and in which Navalni had lately concentrated his efforts, will pass without his participation. In fact, he was poisoned upon his return from a trip to Novosibirsk and Tomsk in Siberia, two localities where he believed independent candidates have a chance to defeat the official aspirants of the party United russia.
Meanwhile, the international debate about a possible response to Russia in the event that Moscow does not collaborate in the clarification of the facts. For the first time, the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, has evoked the possibility that the sanctions affect the gas pipeline Nord Stream-2, which would deal a major blow to the Russian claims to expand its share in the European energy market. “The chancellor considers that it would be a mistake to exclude from exit” the sanctions on the gas pipeline.
The pipeline, which should have gone into operation this year, will double Russia’s capacity to export gas to Germany and other countries, but has not been completed due to geopolitical problems and environmental. Countries such as Poland or the Baltic republics do not see the project favorably because it will increase dependence on the EU of Russian gas. In addition, it will reduce the income Ukraine receives by right of way, since the infrastructure runs through the Baltic Sea and avoid that country.