BERLIN – Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny shared a photo of himself in a hospital in Germany on Tuesday and said he could breathe on his own.
Hello, this is Navalny. I’ve missed them. I still can’t do much, but yesterday I managed to breathe on my own all day, “she wrote in her post on Instagram.
Navalny, 44, was evacuated by air to Berlin for treatment at the Charite hospital, two days after falling ill on an internal flight in Russia on August 20.
He spent more than a week in an induced coma while receiving treatment with an antidote. Last week, hospital officials said his condition had improved enough to bring him out of a coma.
The hospital said Monday that he had been withdrawn from assisted ventilation and that he had been able to get out of bed for “brief periods of time.”
In the photo, Navalny is seen sitting on a bed in a hospital gown, hugged by his wife, Yulia, and with their two children. The text accompanying the image showed his usual sarcastic sense of humor.
German Chancellor Angeka Merkel denounced Russia for trying to poison Putin’s political opponent Alexei Navalny with the liquid.
“Just me, no extra help, not even a valve in my throat. I loved it. It is an extraordinary process that many underestimate. I highly recommend it, ”he wrote.
Despite her recovery, doctors said they couldn’t rule out long-term health problems associated with the poisoning.
Navalny’s spokesman, Leonid Volkov, declined to elaborate on the opponent’s possible plans after his recovery when contacted by The Associated Press on Tuesday.
Despite reservations from Russian doctors who did not want to authorize his transfer, Alexei Navalny survived the flight.
A German military laboratory determined that Navalny had been poisoned with Novichok, the same class of nerve agent developed in the now-defunct Soviet Union that Britain says was used against former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury, England, in 2018.
The German government said Monday that tests in labs in France and Sweden supported its findings.
The Hague-based Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons also planned to analyze samples from Navalny in its laboratories in Germany.
The Russian leader is in a coma.
The Kremlin has responded with outrage to requests from German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other leaders to answer questions about the poisoning, and has denied any official involvement.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov accused the West of using the incident as a pretext to introduce new sanctions against Moscow.
French President Emmanuel Macron expressed directly to Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday his “deep concern over the criminal act” against Navalny, according to the French presidential office.
The Kremlin said Putin had “underlined the inappropriateness of the unfounded accusations against the Russian side” during the call and insisted on Russia’s requests that Germany hand over its analyzes and samples. Putin also asked that Russian and German doctors work together in office.
Berlin has rejected Moscow’s suggestions that it is delaying the release of information.
After the findings in Germany were corroborated by foreign laboratories, “we assume that those who gave the bad news – that is, we – will not receive any more attacks, but that it is they who must manage the news itself,” said the minister. German Foreign Ministry, Heiko Mass, referring to the Russian authorities.
When asked why Navalny samples had not been delivered to Russia, her spokeswoman noted that “Mr. Navalny spent 48 hours in treatment in a Russian hospital.” Russian doctors who treated Navalny in Omsk said no evidence of poisoning had been found.