Alexei Navalny was released from Charité Hospital in Berlin after spending 32 days as an inpatient, following what German authorities say was poisoning with a novichok nerve agent and doctors suggest he could make a full recovery.The hospital said in a statement Wednesday morning that the Russian opposition politician’s state of health had “improved enough for him to be discharged from the hospital shortly,” and added that he had left on Tuesday.
“Based on the patient’s progress and the current condition, treating physicians believe a full recovery is possible,” the statement said, adding that it is still not clear what the potential long-term effects would be. poison.
In a new Instagram post on Wednesday, Navalny complained that looking in the mirror he now thought he looked like a character from The Lord of the Rings. He thanked the Charity doctors for their “incredible work” and said he had asked to go somewhere “with trees” for daily rehabilitation and physiotherapy.
“There are a lot of fun things going on. For example, I cannot throw a ball with my left hand. I can catch it, but not throw it, my brain does not want to make this movement.
He said a neurologist told him to improve his mental functions again, he should read, write on social media and play video games, and said he wanted to acquire a PlayStation 5.
Navalny arrived in Berlin two days after falling ill on a plane from Tomsk in Siberia to Moscow. The plane made an emergency landing in Omsk, where it spent two days being treated by local medics, who said they found no evidence of poisoning. Privately, doctors told media they believed it was poisoning.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said laboratory tests “unequivocally confirmed” that a novichok nerve agent had been used on Navalny. German authorities say French and Swedish laboratories have confirmed their results. Navalny associates say a key piece of evidence was a water bottle recovered from Navalny’s hotel room in Tomsk by associates and handed over to German medics, on which traces of novichok were also found. This suggests that he was poisoned before arriving at the airport.
Russian authorities have denied any involvement in the incident, alternatively suggesting Navalny was not poisoned or that he may have been poisoned while already in Germany.
French newspaper Le Monde reported on Tuesday, citing anonymous sources, that Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, told his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, that Navalny was an “Internet troublemaker” who may have poisoned himself .
Navalny mocked this claim in an Instagram post. “I made novichok in the kitchen, took a sip from the bottle on the plane and fell into a coma,” he wrote. “But Putin outdid me… In the end, I spent 18 days in a coma like an idiot but failed to reach my goal.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Wednesday that Le Monde had distorted the appeal and that its report was “imprecise”. He said Navalny was free to return to Russia “like any other Russian citizen” and, in accordance with the Kremlin’s convention not to use his name, said he welcomed the news that “the patient is much better. “.
Navalny, who heads a foundation that denounces corruption among senior officials and was barred from running for president against Putin in 2018, is the country’s most prominent opposition figure. His associates have been frequently attacked or arrested.
It was not clear whether Navalny would return to Russia immediately. Previously, he said he plans to return as soon as he can. “No other option has ever been considered,” spokeswoman Kira Yarmysh said last week.
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