Alexey Navalny, Russian opposition leader, joins protesters during a demonstration in Moscow, Russia, on Saturday, February 29, 2019. The rally marked five years since the assassination of politician Boris Nemtsov.
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Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny on Tuesday released a photograph of himself sitting in the hospital, saying he has been able to breathe alone after his suspected poisoning with a nerve agent last month.
“Hi, this is Navalny. I miss you,”
Surrounded by his family in the photograph from a hospital in Berlin, Navalny said: “I can still hardly do anything, but yesterday I was able to breathe alone all day, … I did not use outside help, not even that simplest valve in the throat. “
Russia’s most prominent opposition figure became seriously ill on a flight last month and was eventually evacuated to Berlin. Germany has since mentioned laboratory tests in three countries independently determined that he was poisoned with a Novichok nerve agent.
The Kremlin has described allegations of Navalny’s poisoning as “baseless.” Moscow has since requested more information about its case from Germany.
A fierce critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Navalny has often been arrested and targeted by pro-Kremlin groups. He has also been consistently prevented from running in the local elections.