Russian Opposition Leader Poisoned
The Russian activist and leader of the movement to replace Putin, Alexei
Navalny, has left Berlin’s Charité hospital after spending 32 days as an
inpatient, after having been poisoned with a Russian nerve agent. Doctors
say he will make a full recovery.
The hospital said in a statement on Wednesday morning that the Russian
opposition politician’s condition had “improved sufficiently for him to be
discharged from acute inpatient care”, and added that he had left on
“Based on the patient’s progress and current condition, the treating
physicians believe that complete recovery is possible,” the statement said,
adding that it was still not clear what the potential long-term effects of the
poison would be.
In a new post on Instagram on Wednesday, Navalny said that looking in the
mirror, he thought he now resembled a character in Lord of the Rings
character. He thanked the German doctors for their “unbelievable work”
and said he had asked to go somewhere “with trees” for rehabilitation and
“There are several funny things going on. For example, I can’t throw a ball
with my left hand. I can catch it, but not throw it, my brain doesn’t want to
make this movement.”
He said a neurologist had told him to improve his mental functions again he
should read, write on social media and play video games, and said he was
keen to acquire a PlayStation 5.
Navalny arrived in Berlin two days after he fell ill on a plane from Tomsk in
Siberia to Moscow. The plane made an emergency landing in Omsk, where
he spent two days being treated by local doctors, who said they found no
evidence of poisoning. Privately, doctors there told media outlets they
believed it was poisoning.
The German chancellor, Angela Merkel, said laboratory tests “confirmed
unequivocally” that a novichok nerve agent had been used on Navalny.
German authorities say French and Swedish laboratories had confirmed
Navalny’s supporters who hope that he can replace Putin as President of
Russia, have claimed that Putin was responsible for Navalny being poisoned.
3. Russian nerve agent
1. Why would someone poison Navalny?
2. How will this affect Germany’s relationship with Russia?
3. What hope does Navalny have to replace Putin?