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 PutinBiden, Putin to talk next week amid military buildup in Ukraine US intelligence says Russia planning Ukraine offensive involving 175K troops: reports Overnight Defense & National Security — US tries to deter Russian invasion of Ukraine MORE had suggested to French President Emmanuel MacronEmmanuel Jean-Michel MacronMacron becomes first major Western leader to go to Saudi Arabia since Khashoggi killing Justice for Josephine Baker means restoring her US nationality Far-right commentator joins presidential race in France 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."


"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 PompeoMike PompeoHaley has 'positive' meeting with Trump No time for the timid: The dual threats of progressives and Trump Psaki: Sexism contributes to some criticism of Harris 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.