Putin critic out of coma after poisoning

Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny is out of an induced coma and his condition, since being poisoned, has improved, doctors treating him said on Monday.

The 44-year-old Russian opposition figure, who is an anti-corruption campaigner and a prominent figure in Russia, was flown to Germany after falling ill on a flight in Siberia in August.

His team has alleged that Navalny was poisoned on the orders of Russian President Vladimir Putin, who denies any involvement.

Navalny was poisoned with Novichok, a deadly nerve agent. There have now been at least six known cases of serious Novichok poisoning in the past two years.

On Monday, the Charité hospital in Berlin said that Navalny was responding to verbal stimuli. It added however, that it is still to early to assess the potential long-term effects of the poisoning.

A spokesperson for the Russian opposition figure, Kira Yarmysh explained that Navalny was taken out of induced coma on Monday. The next step includes the switching off the ventilator which is assisting him in his breathing. Yarmysh said that Navalny is responding to speech.