Specialized labs in France and Sweden have independently confirmed that Russian dissident Alexei Navalny was poisoned with the Soviet-style nerve agent Novichok, the German government said Monday.
Military doctors at Berlin’s Charite hospital — to which the Kremlin critic was evacuated after taking ill on a flight over Siberia last month — were the first to say he had been poisoned with Novichok.
Navalny awoke from a coma last week and is now able to speak, the German magazine Der Spiegel has reported.
The 44-year-old had been in an induced coma since he was flown to Germany on Aug. 22 for treatment two days after he became sick on a domestic flight from Siberia to Moscow.
Aides believe he sipped tea laced with poison at the airport, and his family has always pointed the finger at the Kremlin.
German chemical weapons experts have said tests proved “without doubt” that he was poisoned with Novichok.
Government spokesman Steffen Seibert said