“Hello, this is Navalny”wrote the opposition leader in a post on Instragram in which he appears with his family in the Berlin hospital to which he was transferred for treatment. “Yesterday I was able to breathe on my own all day”, He said in this first post on the social network after being poisoned with a neurotoxic substance according to Germany.
“I didn’t use any outside help, not even the simplest valve in my throat. I loved it. An amazing process, underestimated by many. I recommend it, ”he added in his usual ironic tone.
Navalny, a 44-year-old lawyer who has long denounced corruption in the Russian elites, he has been hospitalized in the Berlin clinic of the Charité in Berlin for poisoning since 22 August.
After coming out of the coma three weeks later, his health has been improving, and this Monday the hospital indicated that the patient had successfully withdrawn mechanical ventilation and was able to get out of bed for brief periods of time.
On Monday it also transpired that Navalny told a German prosecutor that he hopes to return to Russia as soon as he is recovered and “continue their mission ”.
A German military laboratory concluded on September 3 that the Russian opponent was poisoned with a powerful nerve agent, claims that Moscow denies.
An independent review carried out by France and Sweden at the request of the German government confirmed the tests carried out in Berlin, so they are already “Three laboratories that have independently presented proof that a neurotoxic agent from the Novichok group is the cause of the Navalny poisoning”, indicated the government.
This highly toxic substance has already been used against the former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in 2018 in England, according to British authorities.
Created by the Soviets in the 1970s as a chemical weapon, This agent is normally presented as a powder that can penetrate the pores of the skin or the respiratory tract.
The use of Novichok “Constitutes a serious violation of the Convention on Chemical Weapons”recalled the German government. Therefore, Berlin asked the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OIAC) to analyze the evidence in the Navalny case, he added.
According to the Russian authorities, instead, tests carried out during Navalny’s emergency hospitalization in Omsk (Siberia) did not reveal the existence of any toxic substance in the organism of the activist.
The German government reiterated on Monday “The call to Russia to provide explanations about what happened”.
For his part, the French President, Emmanuel Macron, had a conversation with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, and urged him to “Shed the light, without delay” about him “assassination attempt” of the opponent.
For the Russian president, these accusations have no neither “support nor foundation”.