Alexey Navalny discharged from Berlin hospital after 32 days
Putin critic Alexei Navalny has been discharged from a Berlin hospital where he was being treated for Novichok nerve agent poisoning.
The German Charité Hospital treating Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny for poisoning said on Wednesday that his condition has improved enough for him to be released, and suggested a “complete recovery” from the nerve agent was possible.
Mr Navalny posted a picture of himself standing unaided with a message saying doctors had given him every chance of a full recovery.
A statement from the hospital said that 44-year-old Mr Navalny had spent 32 days there, including 24 days in intensive care.
“Based on the patient’s progress and current condition, the treating physicians believe that complete recovery is possible. However, it remains too early to gauge the potential long-term effects of his severe poisoning,” it said.
Earlier this month, Mr Navalny, a leading Russian opposition activist, collapsed on a flight in Siberia on 20 August. He was later transferred to the Charité hospital in the German capital.
German chemical weapons experts have determined he was poisoned with the Soviet-era nerve agent Novichok – findings corroborated by labs in France and Sweden.
Germany has also enlisted the Hague-based Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons for technical assistance in the case.
Germany has noted that Navalny was in Russian treatment for 48 hours, and that Russia has its own data.
In his first blog post since emerging from a coma, Navalny said on Monday that the three European labs had found Novichok “in and on my body”.
However, Navalny’s team alleges he was poisoned on the orders of President Vladimir Putin, but the Kremlin still strongly denies any involvement.
He noted that Russia had still not opened an investigation but that he “did not expect anything else”.
Navalny aides said on Thursday that German experts found Novichok on a water bottle taken from the hotel room where he stayed before being taken ill.
Last week, the international agency said its experts had “independently collected biomedical samples from Mr Navalny for analysis by OPCW designated laboratories”.
Results have not yet been announced.
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