'Hi, this is Navalny ': Poisoned Russian opposition leader posted a picture of the hospital

Russia's opposition leader Alexei Navalny is now able to breathe without external support, he said in his first public statement since being poisoned’ last month.

'Hi, this is Navalny ': Poisoned Russian opposition leader posted a picture of the hospital

According to the German administration, Navalny was poisoned’ with the nerve agent Novichok, who posted a photo of him on Instagram surrounded by his wife and two children.

In the title of the post, he wrote: "Hey, this is novelty. I miss you. I can still hardly do anything, but yesterday I could breathe all day on my own. Completely on my own. But no outside help, not even a simple ventilator in my throat. I loved it. An amazing process that many appreciate. I highly recommend.

After drinking a cup of tea at the airport, Navalny fell on a flight from Tomsk, Siberia to Moscow. The flight made an emergency landing in Omsk, where it was treated for two days by Russian doctors, who denied being poisoned’ in public statements. However, a city medical source told Reuters on Monday that doctors immediately suspected poisoning during his treatment. Two days later, he was flown’ to Berlin under a special medical plan, where he is being treated at Charity Hospital.

On Monday, the hospital said in a statement that it was "improving the situation" and indicated that Navalny was now able to speak.

A German security official told the New York Times on Monday that Navalny was speaking, was well aware of what had happened to him, and had expressed a desire to return to Russia. "He does not intend to go into exile in Germany," the official said. "He wants to go to Russia and he wants to continue his mission."

German officials say French and Swedish laboratories have confirmed reports that Novichok used Neville to poison him. French President Emmanuel Macron has called his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin for an explanation.

Russian officials have denied any involvement in the poisoning, suggesting that Navalny may have fallen ill for other reasons, or suggest that others have been exposed’ to the poison.

On Tuesday, Alexei Nareshkin, head of Russia's foreign intelligence service, told reporters that there was no poison in Navalny's body when he left Russia.


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