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Alexei Navalny pictured walking down stairs, on a "clear road" towards recovering
Alexei Navalny pictured walking down stairs, on a "clear road" towards recovering
Credit: Alexei Navalny Instagram

On his Instagram account, the Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been pictured walking down stairs, days after the Charité hospital in Berlin said he had been taken off a ventilator and could breathe independently.

In the Instagram post, Navalny wrote: "Let me tell how my recovery is going. It is already a clear path although a long one."

He also stated "Quite recently, I did not recognize people and did not understand how to talk," Navalny wrote. "Every morning the doctor came to me and said: Alexey, I brought a board, let's figure out which word we can write on it. This drove me to despair because although I understood in general what the doctor wanted, I did not understand where to get the words from."

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Russian opposition leader in coma with suspected poisoning
Russian opposition leader in coma with suspected poisoning
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The Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny is reportedly in a coma after what his spokeswoman called a poisoning. Last year he was also suspected to have been poisoned.

He started feeling unwell on a flight from the Siberian city of Tomsk to Moscow, she said. The plane landed in Omsk and he was taken to hospital. "We assume that Alexei was poisoned with something mixed with his tea," she said. "That's the only thing he drank this morning."

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Alexei Navalny announces closure of anti-corruption foundation over fines from Russian courts
Alexei Navalny announces closure of anti-corruption foundation over fines from Russian courts
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Alexei Navalny has announced that he'll close his Anti-Corruption Foundation, stating that fines imposed by a Russian court force him to make that decision. The politician opposing the Russian president Vladimir Putin has stated that "Everything we had was already seized in previous police raids. Now they’re going to take away the organisation itself" and added that he will try to re-launch the foundation under a new name.