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Eighth and final statement by Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin: Details of Alexei Navalny’s treatment published in scientific journal

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Alexei Navalny received treatment at Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin. A case report on the patient’s clinical course has now been published in response to a request from The Lancet*.

Alexei Navalny was flown to Berlin for medical treatment on 22 August 2020. Two days earlier, he had been taken seriously ill while on a domestic Russian flight. At Charité, physicians diagnosed Mr. Navalny with severe poisoning caused by a cholinesterase inhibitor. On 2 September 2020, the German government announced that testing requested by Charité and carried out at a German Federal Armed Forces laboratory had delivered proof of the chemical nerve agent Novichok. This finding was confirmed by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). With the consent of Mr. Navalny, the team of physicians have now responded to a request by The Lancet to publish a case report.

*Steindl D et al., Novichok nerve agent poisoning. The Lancet. Published online December 23, 2020.


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Manuela Zingl
Corporate Spokesperson
Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin
Tel: +49 30 450 570 400

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