Russian opposition leader who was poisoned by Novichok reappears

BERLIN – Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny
shared a picture of him in a hospital in Germany on Tuesday and said he could
breathe on its own.

Hello, this is Navalny. I’ve missed you. Not yet
i can do a lot, but yesterday I managed to breathe on my own all day,
he wrote in his post on Instagram.

Navalny, 44, was evacuated by air to
Berlin to be treated at the Charite Hospital, two days after
fall ill on an internal flight in Russia on 20 August.

He spent more than a week in an induced coma while
was being treated with an antidote. Last week, representatives of the
hospital said that his condition had improved enough to take him
of the coma.

The hospital said on Monday that he had been
removed the breathing apparatus and that he had been able to get out of bed for
short periods of time.

The photo shows Navalny sitting on a bed
in a hospital gown, embraced by his wife, Yulia, and with his two children.
The text that accompanied the image showed his usual sense of humour
sarcastic.

I just, without any extra help, not even a
valve in the throat. I liked it very much. It is an extraordinary process that many
underestimate. I highly recommend it, he wrote.

Despite his recovery, doctors said that
could not rule out long-term health problems associated with poisoning.

Navalny spokesman Leonid Volkov refused
give details of the opponent’s possible plans after his recovery when
The Associated Press contacted him on Tuesday.

A German military laboratory determined that
Navalny had been poisoned with Novichok, the same kind of nerve agent
developed in the former Soviet Union, which, according to Great Britain, was
used against former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury,
England, in 2018.

The German government said on Monday that the analyses
in laboratories in France and Sweden supported their findings.

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Weapons
Chemicals, based in The Hague, also planned to analyse samples of
Navalny in its laboratories in Germany.

The Kremlin has responded with indignation to the
petitions from German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other leaders of
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.

The President of France, Emmanuel Macron
on Monday to Russian President Vladimir Putin, his
deep concern over the criminal act against Navalny, according to the
of the French Presidency.

The Kremlin said Putin had underlined
of unfounded accusations against the Russian side during the
and insisted on Russia’s requests that Germany deliver its
analyses and samples. Putin also requested that Russian and German doctors
will work together in the position.

Berlin has rejected Moscow’s suggestions for
that is delaying the delivery 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 they are the ones who
must handle the news itself, said German Foreign Minister Heiko
Mass, in reference to the Russian authorities.

When asked why they had not
delivered samples of Navalny to Russia, its spokesperson said that
Mr. Navalny
was treated for 48 hours in a Russian hospital.

The
russian doctors who treated Navalny in Omsk said that no
found evidence of poisoning.