- Navalny was treated in the Charité for a total of 32 days, of which he was in the intensive care unit for 24 days.
- Navalny mocked statements by Russian President Vladimir Putin on Instagram that his adversary might have purposely poisoned himself.
- Navalny’s team had stated that the Russian state was responsible for the crime and had no interest in investigating it.
The allegedly-poisoned Kremlin critic, Alexey Navalny, was discharged from Berlin’s Charité hospital on Tuesday, the hospital announced on Wednesday morning. As per the hospital, Navalny’s state of health has “improved so much that the acute medical treatment could be ended.”
Navalny was treated in the Charité for a total of 32 days, of which he was in the intensive care unit for 24 days. The physicians that attended to him consider he has fully recovered based on his previous and the current condition.
Any long-term consequences of the severe poisoning can only be assessed in the further course, according to the hospital’s announcement .
Navalny mocked statements by Russian President Vladimir Putin on Instagram that his adversary might have purposely poisoned himself.
“Good theory, I believe it deserves the most careful attention,” Navalny wrote in Russian. “Cooked Novichok in the kitchen. Took a sip from a flask on the plane. Fell into a coma.”
He added sarcastically that the “ultimate aim of my cunning plan” was to die in Siberia. “But Putin outmaneuvered me. You can’t fool him,” Navalny wrote. “As a result, I lay in a coma for 18 days like a fool, but didn’t get my way. The provocation failed!”
Navalny collapsed on August 20 on an intra-Russian flight. The pilots then landed in Omsk, in Siberia, where he was treated at the local clinic. On August 22nd, he was flown to Germany, where he was treated at the Charité.
The 44-year-old Navalny is said to have been the target of an assassination attempt with a neurotoxin of the Novichok group, which is illegal under the chemical weapons ban. Three special laboratories– one of the Bundeswehr and two others in France and Sweden– confirmed the weapons found.
According to the Kremlin, Navalny can return to his homeland just like any other Russian. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Wednesday that Navalny is making progress.
Now it will be seen whether Navalny will speak to Russian security authorities after his return and share information about his case. In any case, those around President Vladimir Putin have no access to the Novichok Group’s banned chemical warfare agents, Peskov said.
Russia’s ambassador Sergei Nechayev criticized the fact that Russia was not given either biomaterial from Navalny or evidence of poisoning, and reiterated that the Russian government has nothing to do with the case. He said Russia cannot accept ultimatums and threats of sanctions in regard to the issue.
Navalny’s team had stated that the Russian state was responsible for the crime and had no interest in investigating it. A proposal by the Russian Medical Association to collaborate with German colleagues was rejected. A request to look after Navalny as a Russian citizen has not yet been answered, said Nechayev.
With a view to allegations that the Russian leadership had poisoned Navalny, Nechayev said that Russian doctors first treated him, and that Moscow ultimately cleared his way to Berlin.
The German government and representatives of the EU have called on Russia several times to clarify the case. Germany and other allies are examining whether to impose sanctions on the case against Moscow.