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Navalny released from hospital after suspected poisoning

Navalny released from hospital after suspected poisoning
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Alexei Navalny, the Russian opposition leader suspected to be the victim of an assassination attempt, left a German hospital Tuesday evening amid further questions aimed at the Kremlin over his poisoning.

In an Instagram post, Navalny mocked news reports indicating that Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinThe foreign policy canyon between Americans over China Russia ready to freeze nuclear warheads in exchange for New START extension Safeguarding US elections by sanctioning Russian sovereign debt MORE had suggested to French President Emmanuel MacronEmmanuel Jean-Michel MacronTwo students were paid to identify slain French teacher, authorities say French mosque closed in crackdown after teacher's beheading French high school teacher decapitated in possible terrorist attack MORE earlier in the day that his poisoning could have been staged by Navalny himself.

"Good theory, I believe it deserves the most careful attention," Navalny said in the caption of the post, according to The Associated Press. "Cooked Novichok in the kitchen. Took a sip from a flask on the plane. Fell into a coma."

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"Putin outmaneuvered me. You can’t fool him,” Navalny continued. “As a result, I lay in coma for 18 days like a fool, but didn’t get my way."

 
Navalny had been hospitalized since falling ill on a domestic Russian flight in August and being flown to Germany.
 
The German hospital in which Navalny was treated issued a statement obtained by Reuters, indicating that long-term effects from the poisoning could not yet be known.
 
“Based on the patient’s progress and current condition, the treating physicians believe that complete recovery is possible. However, it remains too early to gauge the potential long-term effects of his severe poisoning," said the hospital.

The Russian opposition leader's poisoning has led to the latest round of criticism aimed at Moscow by the U.S. and its western allies. U.S. Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoTrump and advisers considering firing FBI director after election: WaPo Brazil's OECD candidacy is best chance for reform Watch live: Pompeo news conference MORE has rejected Russia's explanation for the poisoning, suggesting in interviews that Putin himself or other top officials were involved.

“I think people all around the world see this kind of activity for what it is. And when they see the effort to poison a dissident, and they recognize that there is a substantial chance that this actually came from senior Russian officials, I think this is not good for the Russian people,” he told podcaster Ben Shapiro in a recent interview.