Hospital: Navalny responding to speech after being taken out of coma

Russian dissident Alexei Navalny has been removed from his medically induced coma and is being weaned off mechanical ventilation, the Berlin hospital where he is being treated said on Monday.A statement from the Charite hospital in the German capital said Navalny’s condition “has improved” and that he is responding to verbal stimuli.”It remains too early to gauge the potential long-term effects of his severe poisoning,” the statement said.Navalny, one of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s most prominent critics, was transported to Germany in a comatose state on August 22, two days after fallin…

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