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Alexey Navalny, Russian opposition leader, is discharged from hospital after poisoning



Navalny became seriously ill on a flight from the Siberian city of Tomsk to Moscow on August 20. He was initially admitted to a hospital in the city of Omsk before being taken to Berlin’s Charité hospital two days later.

“The patient’s condition has improved enough for him to be discharged from emergency care,” said a statement from Berlin’s Charité hospital released on Wednesday, a day after the Kremlin critic left the hospital.

“Alexey Navalny has been treated at Charité for a total of 32 days, of which 24 days were spent in intensive care,” it says. “Based on the patient’s progress and current condition, treating physicians believe that full recovery is possible. However, it is still too early to measure the potential long-term effects of his severe poisoning.”

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The German government has said that Navalny was poisoned with a chemical agent from the Novichok group during the Soviet era, a conclusion supported by two other laboratories in France and Sweden.

The Kremlin has strongly denied any involvement, but several issues remain.

Novichok was also used in an attack in March 2018 against the former Russian spy Sergei Skripal in the English city of Salisbury and several Russian dissidents have been poisoned in the past.

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In an update posted on Instagram on Saturday, Navalny had said he still could not use his phone properly or pour himself a glass of water, but was on a “clear path” to recovery. He posted a picture of himself through a staircase and wrote that he regained his physical and mental ability.
Two days later, politicians demanded that Russian authorities return the clothes on the day he became ill.

“Before they allowed me to go to Germany, they took off all my clothes and I was sent there completely naked,” he said in a statement. “Given the fact that Novichok was found on my body and a method of contact for poisoning is very likely, my clothes are very important evidence.”

Monday’s statement coincided with the expiration date of a preliminary investigation into the incident by Russian authorities, which did not result in a criminal investigation. Navalny’s spokeswoman Kira Yarmysh said the Russian government had turned a blind eye to the incident.

Last week, Navalny’s assistants said they had taken objects from his hotel room in Tomsk to Germany, where a laboratory later found traces of a nerve agent on one of the water bottles he apparently drank from.

Navalny’s colleague who collected the items in Tomsk, Chief Investigator Georgy Alburov, previously told CNN that the water bottle was not necessarily the item used to poison the Kremlin critic, suggesting that the subject could have been placed on another item.


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