Alexei Navalny Released From German Hospital After 32 Days

BERLIN—The German hospital treating Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny for poisoning said Wednesday that his condition improved enough for him to be released, and suggested a “complete recovery” from the nerve agent was possible.

Navalny, 44, spent 32 days in treatment in Berlins Charite hospital, 24 of which were in intensive care, before doctors deemed his “condition had improved sufficiently for him to be discharged from acute inpatient care.”

The hospital said that based on Navalnys progress, treating physicians believe that “complete recovery is possible,” but added that it “remains too early to gauge the potential long-term effects of his severe poisoning.”

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Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny and his wife Yulia pose for a photo on his Instagram account in a hospital in Berlin, on Sept. 21, 2020. (Navalny Instagram via AP)

Navalny, the most visible opponent of Russian President Vladimir Putin, was flown to Germany two days after falling ill on Aug. 20 on a domestic flight in Russia.

German chemical weapons experts have determined he was poisoned with the Soviet-era nerve agent Novichok—findings corroborated by labs in France and Sweden.

During his convalescence, Navalny has in recent days been posting regular photos from the hospital on Instagram, first showing him sitting up in his bed surrounded by his family, then up and about in the building.

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This handout photo published by Alexei Navalny on his instagram account, shows himself and his wife Yulia, daughter Daria, and son Zakhar, posing for a photo in a hospital in Berlin, on Sept. 15, 2020. (Navalny Instagram/AP Photo)

In a wry post Tuesday night accompanied by a close-up photo, he scoffed at reported comments by Putin suggesting he might have intentionally taken poison himself.

“Good theory, I believe it deserves the most careful attention,” Navalny wrote in Russian.

“Cooked Novichok in the kitchen. Took a sip from a flask on the plane. Fell into a coma.”

He sarcastically said then the “ultimate aim of my cunning plan” was to die in Siberia, where the cause of death would be “lived long enough.”

“But Putin outmaneuvered me. You cant fool him,” Navalny wrote. “As a result, I lay in coma for 18 days like a fool, but didnt get my way. The provocation failed!”

The nerve agent used in the attack was the same class of Soviet-era agent that Britain said was used on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury, England, in 2018, and Chancellor Angela Merkel and other world leaders have called for Russia to fully investigate.

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