'Hi, that is Navalny': Poisoned Putin critic posts photograph from hospital as his aide says he plans to return to Russia

Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny and his family members pose for a picture at Charite hospital in Berlin, Germany, in this undated image obtained from social media September 15, 2020. 

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  • In his first public message since being poisoned, Alexei Navalny on Tuesday stated he’s recovering and at last capable of breathe on his personal. 

  • Navalny, a outstanding critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, has been recovering in a German hospital since he was poisoned in Siberia in late August.

  • Navalny’s press secretary stated he plans to return to Russia. 

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Russian opposition chief Alexei Navalny on Tuesday posted an image on Instagram for the primary time since he fell ailing after being poisoned final month.

“Hi, this is Navalny,” Navalny stated in Russian within the caption, which was translated by CNN. “I miss you. I still can hardly do anything, but yesterday I was able to breathe on my own for the whole day. Just myself. I did not use any outside help, not even the simplest valve in my throat.”

This was Navalny’s first public message since being poisoned. 

Navalny, probably the most outstanding opponent of Russian President Vladimir Putin, is recovering in a German hospital after getting sick on a flight again to Moscow from Siberia in late August. His aides instantly suspected he’d been poisoned. After an emergency touchdown, Navalny was first taken to a hospital in Siberia, the place docs rejected the notion he’d been poisoned. 

Russian authorities initially barred Navalny from being medically evacuated from the nation, however he was ultimately permitted to travel to Germany for additional remedy. 

After he was transferred to Germany, the nerve agent Novichok was present in Navalny’s system. Novichok has been used to poison different Russian dissidents. 

The German authorities has demanded solutions from the Kremlin over Navalny’s poisoning, however the Russian authorities has denied any involvement within the incident. The worldwide neighborhood has joined Germany in condemning the incident, although President Donald Trump has confronted criticism for barely acknowledging Navalny’s poisoning. 

Navalny, who has confronted yearslong harassment from the Russian authorities, is the newest sufferer on a protracted record of Putin critics who had been poisoned and/or killed. But the anti-corruption campaigner nonetheless plans to return to Russia, in response to his press secretary, Kira Yarmysh.

“No other option was ever considered,” Yarmysh instructed CNN.

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