Alexei Navalny 'stable' after arrival in Berlin for medical treatment

Source : 112 Ukraine

Russian dissident Alexei Navalny is being treated in Germany after being moved by air ambulance from Omsk
21:40, 22 August 2020

Alexei Navalny landed at Berlin Tegel airport after being airlifted from a hospital

Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny landed at Berlin Tegel airport after being airlifted from a hospital in Omsk, Russia. He is being treated for suspected poisoning at Berlin's Charite hospital, DW reports.

The German military brought him to the hospital from the airport in an intensive care transporter, according to dpa news agency. The Russian opposition leader is currently in a coma and breathing through a ventilator.

Jaka Bizilj, founder of Cinemas for Peace, the German NGO that funded Navalny's flight to Berlin, told that the politician was in stable condition.

"The good news is that he's stable, so the whole travel did not affect him," Bizilj said. "But there is no reason to celebrate, because he is in a very critical condition. So the real work starts now with the doctors at the Charite," he added.

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Berlin's Charite hospital confirmed in a statement that it had admitted Navalny and was carrying out an "extensive medical diagnosis."

The German government said it "hopes that the treatment at Charite leads to an improvement in his condition and enables a full recovery," according to an official spokesperson.

Bizilj said Navalny's family was relieved that he was now "in a first-class hospital" and would have access to good treatment, but he noted that his recovery would likely take a long time.

"As we have heard from the doctors, if there would not have been this emergency landing in Omsk, if they would've tried to fly on to Moscow, he would have died," Bizilj said.

Related: Doctors allow transfer of Russian opposition leader Navalny to Germany

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