Russian activist Navalny discharged from Berlin hospital

Russian activist Navalny discharged from Berlin hospital
Alexei Navalny shared a picture of himself looking gaunt and thin but standing unaided. Source: EPA
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Daily US Times: Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been discharged from a Berlin hospital where he was being treated for Novichok nerve agent poisoning.

The Charité Hospital said it was ending acute medical care for Mr Navalny because his condition had sufficiently improved.

The vocal critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin posted a picture of himself standing unaided with a message saying doctors had given him every chance of a full recovery.

His team alleges he was poisoned on the orders of Putin, an allegation he Kremlin strongly denies.

Mr Navalny collapsed on a flight in Siberia on 20 August. He was later transferred to the Charité hospital in the German capital.

His spokeswoman said on Wednesday that he would remain in Germany “because his treatment is not over”.

She added: “Nevertheless, doctors now predict [a] full recovery.”

A statement from the Charité Hospital said that 44-year-old Mr Navalny had spent 32 days there, including 24 days in intensive care.

The statement said: “Based on the patient’s progress and current condition, the treating physicians believe that complete recovery is possible. However, it remains too early to gauge the potential long-term effects of his severe poisoning.”

Mr Navalny described his rehabilitation programme in a post on Instagram, shortly after he was discharged.

He wrote: “Further recovery does not require in-patient care, but normal life,” he wrote. “Walking, spending time with my family. Immersing myself in a daily routine.”

“My plans are simple: (go to) the physiotherapist every day,” he added in the post.

“Possibly a rehabilitation centre. Stand on one leg. Regain complete control over my fingers. Maintain my balance.”

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