The German clinic Charite, where Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny is undergoing treatment, states that initial research points to the politician's poisoning. The Tagesschau writes about this with reference to the clinic's press service.
"Doctors at the Berlin clinic Charite, after initial research, see signs of poisoning in the Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny," the newspaper writes.
According to doctors, Navalny is currently in intensive care in a state of artificial coma. It is said that his state of health is "serious, but so far there is no danger to his life."
"Clinical studies indicate intoxication with a substance from a group of active substances called cholinesterase inhibitors. The specific substance is not yet known, so another large analysis has been started," it said.
"According to the diagnosis, the patient is prescribed the antidote atropine. How the disease ends remains unknown, and long-term consequences, especially in the nervous system, cannot be ruled out," the clinic added.
On the morning of August 20, Alexei Navalny was returning from Tomsk to Moscow. During the flight, the politician became ill, because of which the plane made an emergency landing in Omsk. The Russian oppositionist was hospitalized in serious condition. The press reported that the head of the fund had toxic poisoning, and suggested that he could have been poisoned.
Doctors made a preliminary diagnosis of "acute poisoning by an unidentified psychodisleptic" (substance that can cause hallucinations).
According to politician's press secretary Kira Yarmysh, the poison could have been in a cup of tea that Navalny drank at the Tomsk airport before the flight.
On August 21, doctors at the Omsk hospital allowed Navalny to be transported to Germany. Since that day, the politician has been treated at the German hospital Charite. Later it became known that the German police took a clinic in Berlin under round-the-clock security.