Kremlin critic Navalny posts photo of himself walking

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Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny descends at Charite Hospital in Berlin, Germany in this undated image obtained on social media on September 19, 2020. Courtesy of Instagram @ NAVALNY / Social media via REUTERS

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny was seen walking down the stairs in a photo posted to his Instagram account on Saturday, five days after a Berlin hospital said he was removed from ‘a ventilator and could breathe independently.

Navalny, the main opponent of Russian President Vladimir Putin, fell ill in Siberia last month and was flown to Berlin. Germany says lab tests in three countries determined he was poisoned with a Novichok nerve agent, and Western governments have demanded an explanation from Russia.

“Let me tell you how my recovery is going. It is already a clear path although it is long, ”Navalny wrote.

Navalny said in the Instagram update that he still couldn’t use his phone and was having difficulty trying to pour water into his glass or climb the stairs because his legs were shaking.

“There are still a lot of problems to be solved, but extraordinary doctors from the Charité hospital have solved the main one,” the message read.

“They’ve transformed me from a ‘technically living human being’ into someone with a good chance of becoming… a man who can quickly scroll down Instagram and understand without thinking where to put his likes.

Reporting by Maria Tsvetkova; Editing by David Clarke and Alex Richardson

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