One of Russia’s most prominent opposition figures, Alexei Navalny, says he is recovering his verbal and physical abilities one month after being poisoned by a suspected Soviet-era nerve agent.
- Alexei Navalny has thanked his doctors in Germany in his latest Instagram post
- The picture shows him walking down stairs, a month after his suspected Novichok poisoning
- Russian authorities have accused Mr Navalny’s colleagues of hampering their investigation
In his most recent Instagram post, Mr Navalny, 44, is photographed walking down a flight of stairs.
He has been recovering in Berlin at the Charite hospital, having been transported there from Russia after what experts say was a Novichok poisoning.
After being placed in an induced coma following the poisoning, he said the doctors treating him “turned me from a ‘technically alive person’ into someone who has every chance to become the highest form of being in modern society again”.
Mr Navalny, a vocal critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, said he was confused when he was brought out of the coma and couldn’t find the words to respond to a doctor’s questions.
“Although I understood in general what the doctor wanted, I did not understand where to get the words. In what part of the head do they appear in?” Mr Navalny wrote in the post.
“I also did not know how to express my despair and, therefore, simply kept silent.”
The post comes four days after Mr Navalny published a picture of him sitting upright in his hospital bed.
He told his followers it was the first day since the poisoning he could breathe by himself for the whole day.
Mr Navalny fell ill on an internal flight in Russia on August 20.
Before his transfer to Berlin, the Kremlin repeatedly said Russian labs and a hospital in the Siberian city of Omsk had found no sign of a poisoning.
While being treated in Omsk, Russian doctors diagnosed Mr Navalny with a metabolic disease.
However, tests conducted by German, Swedish and French scientists have concluded he was poisoned with Novichok.
Moscow has called for Germany to provide its evidence and dismissed the urging of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other Western leaders to answer questions about what happened to the politician.
“There is too much absurdity in this case to take anyone at their word,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Friday.
Mr Peskov also accused Mr Navalny’s colleagues of hampering a Russian investigation by taking items from his hotel room out of the country.
This included a water bottle Mr Navalny’s colleagues claim had traces of the nerve agent.
They said the bottle and other items were removed from the hotel room in the Siberian city of Tomsk and brought to Germany, because they did not trust Russian authorities to conduct a proper probe.