15th September 2020: Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has revived from his coma and utters first words.
According to reports from The Guardian, Alexei Navalny is now able to breathe without any external support, he has said in his first public statement since he was poisoned last month.
Navalny, who was poisoned by the nerve agent novichok, took to his Instagram account and posted a photograph of him sitting up in a hospital bed surrounded by his wife and their two children.
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Привет, это Навальный. Скучаю по вам 😍. Я все ещё почти ничего не умею, но вот вчера смог целый день дышать сам. Вообще сам. Никакой посторонней помощи, даже простейший вентиль в горле не использовал. Очень понравилось. Удивительный, недооценённый многими процесс. Рекомендую
In the caption to the post, he wrote: “Hi, this is Navalny. I’m missing you. I still can hardly do anything, but yesterday I could breathe the whole day on my own. Completely on my own. No external help, not even a simple ventilator in my throat. I liked it a lot. A surprising process that is under-appreciated by many. I highly recommend it.”
Alexei Navalny was poisoned on his flight from Tomsk in Siberia to Moscow after he drank a cup of tea at the airport.
The flight made an emergency landing in Omsk, where he spent two days being treated by Russian doctors, who ruled out poisoning in public statements.
However, a medical source in the city told Reuters on Monday that his treating doctors had immediately suspected poisoning. After two days he was flown on a specially equipped medical plane to Berlin, where he is being treated at the Charité hospital.
On Monday, the hospital said in a statement that he “continues to improve” and hinted that Navalny was now able to talk.
A German security official told the New York Times on Monday that Navalny was speaking, was aware of what had happened to him, and had expressed a desire to return to Russia. “He’s not planning to go into exile in Germany,” the official said. “He wants to go home to Russia and he wants to continue his mission.”
German authorities say French and Swedish laboratories had confirmed their findings that Novichok had been used to poison Navalny. The French president Emmanual Macron called his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to ask for an explanation.
Russian authorities have denied all involvement in the poisoning, either suggesting Navalny had got ill for other reasons or suggesting others had carried out a poisoning.
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