“He’s doing a lot better, I would say unexpectedly better,” Leonid Volkov, Navalny’s chief of staff, told German TV station RTL. “I think the recovery is really quicker than expected, and of course that’s good news that makes us very happy.”
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Navalny, a longtime enemy of Russian President Vladimir Putin, continues to receive outpatient care and remains under close protection, Volkov said.
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“Personally, I don’t think another attack could happen in Berlin, but we can see that personal security has a different opinion,” he said. “He’s pretty well guarded.
German authorities said Navalny had been poisoned with a potent nerve agent and called on Russia to investigate the attack that took place on its territory.
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The presence of the Soviet-era nerve agent Novichok in Navalny’s samples has been corroborated by laboratories in France and Sweden. But Russia has resisted international pressure to open a criminal investigation, saying its own tests have found no trace of toxic substances in the opposition leader’s system.
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The poisoning “had so many negative consequences for the Kremlin,” Volkov said, adding that in his opinion the assassination attempt could not have taken place without Putin’s approval.
Navalny said he intended to return to Russia to resume his work.
“He understands the risks quite well, and we’re supposed to somehow think about how he can continue living in Russia,” Volkov told RTL. “It won’t be that easy and a lot will change for sure to reduce the likelihood of a second attack.”
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