Alexei Navalny fell ill suddenly a little over a month ago during a trip to Russia. He was first taken care of in the Siberian city of Omsk, where Russian health officials claimed he was not poisoned.
Ultimately, however, he could be transferred to the Charité Hospital in Berlin, and according to analyzes from Swedish, German and French laboratories, he was poisoned by the neurotoxin Novitjok.
After more than two weeks in a coma, Navalny has managed to wake up and has steadily improved since then. Charité now says he has recovered adequately and was discharged yesterday after a total of 32 days, 24 of which were in intensive care.
“Depending on the patient’s development and the current situation, doctors believe a full recovery is possible. However, it is too early to estimate the potential long-term effects of his severe toxicity.”Charité wrote in a statement.
In an Instagram post, Navalny himself wrote about how he works to recover completely, for example, he can’t stand on one leg or write with a pen. It also talks about the upcoming plans.
“A physical therapist every day. Maybe a rehab center. Stand on one leg. Get back completely in control of your fingers. Maintain balance,” Navalny writes, and also promises to spend time with his family.
Russia: “Freedom of Return”
The Russian authorities have yet to open an official criminal investigation, but Navalny’s employees themselves are taking care of the bottles of water from the hotel room in which he lived the night before the poisoning, in which the neurotoxin Novitjok was later discovered.
Novitjok is a poison that was developed in the USSR in the 1970s. It is the same substance that was used against dissident Russian spy Sergey Skripal and his 2018 daughter in British Salisbury.
The Kremlin said in a statement that the regime’s critic is “free to return” to Russia, according to Agence France-Presse.