Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was discharged Wednesday from a Berlin hospital — raising the prospect of his eventual return to Russia little more than a month after falling ill from a poisoning attack that has strained already difficult Russia-West relations.
“The patient’s condition had improved sufficiently for him to be discharged from acute inpatient care,” said a statement from the Charité Hospital in Berlin, where Navalny has spent the past 32 days — much of them in an artificially induced coma and under heavy police protection.
“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,” the statement said.
Navalny later issued a post to social media that included a picture of himself on a park bench surrounded by trees.
“My plans are simple for now: physiotherapy every day,” wrote Navalny.
“I asked [doctors] what should I do more quickly return to form not only physically but with my mind. And I liked the answer,” he added.
“Read more, write on social media, and play video games.”