Navalny’s health improvement sparks discussion about his return to Russia

Russian opposition leader posted on Instagram a photo from a hospital ward

MOSCOW – Russian opposition Alexei Navalny leader confirmed reports of improvements in his health following a near-fatal poisoning in Siberia in August, posting a social media post from a hospital ward in Germany.

Meanwhile, his team has announced that he plans to return to Russia after a full recovery..

“Hi, this is Navalny. I miss you, ”he wrote in a commentary on an Instagram photo of him surrounded by his wife and two children..

“I still can hardly do anything, but yesterday I could breathe on my own all day.Navalny's health improvement sparks discussion about his return to Russia Actually myself, – he wrote in the first lines after three weeks in a coma. – An amazing, underestimated by many process. I recommend “.

In a few hours, the post collected over a million “likes” and sparked a discussion about Navalny’s possible return to Russian politics..

A few hours later, his press secretary Kira Yarmysh rejected the assumptions by journalists that Navalny intends to stay outside Russia due to fears for his safety..

“Once again I reiterate to everyone: no other options have ever been considered,” she tweeted.

In response to a request for comment, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that “any citizen of the Russian Federation is free to leave Russia and return to Russia.”.

Navalny’s associates argue that the nature of Novichok – a banned chemical warfare agent that Germany claims was found in Navalny’s body – means that the attack could only have been carried out by order of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other Western leaders demanded answers from the Kremlin and warned of “an appropriate joint reaction” if there are no such answers.

However, the Russian government rejected Germany’s claims.

On Tuesday, the head of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service, Sergei Naryshkin, said that at the time of Navalny’s departure from Russia, there was no poison in his body. According to him, Russia has long ago destroyed all the Novichok stockpiles in accordance with the current international agreements on chemical weapons..

“We have many questions for the German side,” added Naryshkin.

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