German doctors treating Alexei Navalny in Berlin say tests show the Russian opposition leader was poisoned.
Navalny was in a coma and on a ventilator Thursday last week in an intensive care unit in Siberia after falling ill from suspected poisoning that his allies believe is linked to his political activity.
The 44-year-old critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin felt unwell on a flight back to Moscow from Tomsk, a city in Siberia, and was taken to a hospital after the plane made an emergency landing in Omsk, Navalny’s spokeswoman, Kira Yarmysh, said on Twitter.
She told the Echo Moskvy radio station that he must have consumed poison in tea he drank at an airport cafe before boarding the plane early Thursday.
During the flight, Navalny started sweating and asked her to talk to him so that he could “focus on the sound of a voice.” He then went to the bathroom and lost consciousness, and has been in a coma in grave condition ever since.
Report on Monday says that German doctors treating Navalny found traces of a substance that affects the central nervous system and is found in pesticides.
The German results contradict earlier reports from Russian authorities that suggested the leader had not been poisoned.
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