“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.”
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.
“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.