Advertisement

Tests show signs Putin critic Navalny was poisoned, German hospital says

Click to play video 'Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny reportedly in Germany in stable condition' Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny reportedly in Germany in stable condition
WATCH: Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny reportedly in Germany in stable condition

Tests conducted on Russian dissident Alexei Navalny at a German hospital indicate that he was poisoned, but doctors said Monday they do not believe his life is at immediate risk.

The Charite hospital said in a statement that the team of doctors who have been examining Navalny since he was flown from Siberia and admitted Saturday have found the presence of “cholinesterase inhibitors” in his system.

Cholinesterase inhibitors are a broad range of substances that are found in several drugs, but also pesticides and nerve agents.

Read more: Who is Alexei Navalny? Longtime Putin critic allegedly poisoned

However, doctors at Charite said at the moment the specific substance to which Navalny was exposed is not yet known.

The hospital said in a statement that “The patient is in an intensive care unit and is still in an induced coma. His health is serious but there is currently no acute danger to his life.”

Story continues below advertisement

German officials say Navalny remains in critical but stable condition at the Berlin hospital, with special protection details on hand to ensure his safety.

Click to play video 'Navalny to be flown to Berlin after suspected poisoning' Navalny to be flown to Berlin after suspected poisoning
Navalny to be flown to Berlin after suspected poisoning

Berlin police and federal agents were posted at the downtown Charite hospital where the 44-year-old is undergoing treatment following his arrival in Germany after Chancellor Angela Merkel personally offered the country’s assistance.

Merkel’s spokesman says “It was obvious that after Navalny’s arrival, protective precautions had to be taken.”

Click to play video 'Putin opponent Alexei Navalny in coma under suspicious circumstances' Putin opponent Alexei Navalny in coma under suspicious circumstances
Putin opponent Alexei Navalny in coma under suspicious circumstances

Navalny’s supporters believe that tea he drank was laced with poison — and that the Kremlin is behind both his illness and a delay in transferring him to Germany.

Story continues below advertisement

Russian doctors have said, however, that tests have shown no traces of poison in his system.

The Kremlin hasn’t yet commented on the allegation.