Russian opposition politician Alexey Navalny was seen walking down the stairs in a photo posted to his Instagram feed, five days after a hospital in Berlin said he had been removed from a ventilator and could breathe in an autonomous way.
“Let me tell you how my recovery is going. It is already a clear path although it is long, ”Navalny wrote on Instagram on Saturday.
He said he still couldn’t use his phone and found it difficult to pour water into his glass or climb the stairs because his legs were shaking.
“There are still a lot of issues to be solved, but extraordinary doctors at Charité Hospital have solved the main one,” the post said, referring to the Berlin hospital where he is being treated.
“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. “
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Navalny, the main opponent of Russian President Vladimir Putin, fell ill on a domestic flight to Moscow on August 20 and was airlifted to Berlin two days later.
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.
The Kremlin claimed that before Navalny’s transfer to Berlin, Russian laboratories and a hospital in the Siberian city of Omsk found no signs of poisoning.
Russia called on Germany to provide evidence and bristled at a call from German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other Western leaders to answer questions about what happened to the politician.
“There is too much absurdity in this matter to take anyone’s word for it,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Friday.
Peskov also accused Navalny’s colleagues of obstructing a Russian investigation by taking items from his hotel room, including a bottle of water they said contained traces of the nerve agent, out of the country. .
Navalny’s colleagues said they removed the bottle and other items from the hotel room in the Siberian city of Tomsk and brought them to Germany as potential evidence as they did not trust the Russian authorities to lead an appropriate investigation.