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Putin critic Navalny posts photo of himself walking: 'Long' path to recovery

Putin critic Navalny posts photo of himself walking: 'Long' path to recovery
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Prominent Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny posted a photo of himself walking in a Berlin hospital after he was believed to have been poisoned by the Russian government. 

“Let me tell how my recovery is going. It is already a clear path although a long one,” Navalny wrote.

“There are many problems yet to be solved but amazing doctors from the Charite hospital have solved the main one,” he added, referencing the Charité – Universitätsmedizin hospital in Berlin, where he’s been recovering. “They turned me from a ‘technically alive human being’ into someone who has high chances to become... a man who can quickly scroll Instagram and understands without thinking where to put his likes.”

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Navalny, a prominent leader in the opposition movement against Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinBiden: Countries that interfere in U.S. elections will 'pay a price' Biden swipes at Trump ally Giuliani at debate: He's 'being used as a Russian pawn' Trump pushing to declassify document disputing intel findings on Russia: report MORE, fell ill in Siberia last month. While the exact circumstances are not clear, he is reportedly in a coma after drinking tea laced with poison, a tool used in the past by Putin’s government against vocal critics. It is the second time Navalny has said he believes he was poisoned, though the first incident was officially ruled an allergic reaction. 

The German government said that Navalny was poisoned with the chemical nerve agent Novichok, which was also used on former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter in 2018 in the United Kingdom. That poisoning led to international backlash against Moscow, including a string of diplomatic expulsions around the globe. 

The German government said earlier this month that Chancellor Angela Merkel and several top officials met to discuss the poisoning and that Berlin “condemns this attack in the strongest possible terms” and urges Moscow to “explain itself.”

The Kremlin has denied any involvement in the politician's poisoning.