World Putin foe Alexei Navalny shares picture of himself walking a month after suspected poisoning
Navalny's team says nerve agent used to poison him found on hotel room bottle
Traces of the Novichok nerve agent used to poison Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny were found on a bottle in his hotel room in Siberia, his team said. The discovery suggests that Navalny was poisoned before he left the hotel and not at the airport, where they initially suspected he might have ingested the poison through a cup of tea.
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny posted a photo of himself walking a month following his suspected poisoning in Siberia.
Navalny, whofollowing the Aug. 20 health scare, said in a Saturday Instagram post that it will be a long journey until he is fully healed from what Germany has deemed an attack.
“Let me tell how my recovery is going. It is already a clear path although a long one,” Navalny said in the post, which included the photo of the anti-corruption activist, who appeared to be gaunt, descending a flight of stairs at the Charite–Universitatsmedizin hospital in Berlin.
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“There are many problems yet to be solved but amazing doctors from the Charite hospital have solved the main one,” he continued, according to a translation by the Guardian. “They turned me from a ‘technically alive human being’ into someone who has high chances to become … a man who can quickly scroll Instagram and understands without thinking where to put his likes.”
Officials in Germany concluded that, the same deadly substance thought to have been used by Russian hit men to target former Soviet double agent Sergei Skripal in 2018.
Navalny became ill and collapsed on a flight in Siberia and was rushed to the hospital in Omsk after the plane made an emergency landing. Russian doctors said they found no evidence of poisoning andRussia for treatment in Europe, although he was for treatment.
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State Duma speaker Vyacheslav Volodin said foreign operators such as German intelligence agents may have poisoned the Kremlin critic.State Duma speaker Vyacheslav Volodin linked the case of Navalny, who is being treated at the Charité hospital in Berlin, with the crisis in Belarus where Alexander Lukashenko faces a wave of discontent with protests following his disputed election victory.
European leaders and officials in the United States have demanded accountability. The top leaders on the House Foreign Affairs Committeeunder the Biological Weapons Control and Warfare Elimination Act of 1991.
White House National Security Council spokesman John Ullyot called the poisoning “” and said that the U.S. is “deeply troubled by the results released” by the Germans about the apparent use of Novichok.
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'You are good people:' Navalny thanks Russian pilots, medics .
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who is in Germany recovering from what authorities there determined to be nerve agent poisoning, thanked Russian pilots and paramedics for acting quickly after he fell into a coma on a flight from Siberia. Navalny, who collapsed on a plane to Moscow on Aug. 20 and spent nearly three weeks in a coma, said in an Instagram post on Friday that pilots “quickly landed the plane in Omsk” and medical workers at the airport “jammed a dose of atropine" into him, immediately recognizing “a toxic poisoning.