Berlin hospital treating poisoned Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny says his condition has improved further and he can now leave his bed for a short time.
Navalny, Russia’s most prominent opponent of Russian President Vladimir Putin, was taken to Germany two days after he fell ill on a domestic flight to Russia on August 20 and was treated at Charite Hospital in Berlin. Berlin has asked Russia to investigate the case.
Harry said Navalny had already been “successfully removed from mechanical ventilation.”
“He is currently being mobilized and is able to leave his bed for short periods of time,” he added.
Monday’s statement did not address the long-term prospects of the 44-year-old Russian politician and anti-corruption investigator. Doctors warned that although Navalny was recovering well, long-term health problems could not be ruled out.
The Kremlin has shuddered at calls from German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other world leaders to answer questions about the poisoning, denying any official involvement and accusing the West of trying to tarnish Moscow.
Earlier Monday, the German government said tests at laboratories in France and Sweden had backed earlier findings by a German military laboratory that Navalny had been poisoned with Novichok, the same class of Soviet-era agent that British authorities say was used on former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury, England, in 2018.
The Hague-based Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons is also taking steps to test Navalny’s samples in reference laboratories, said German government spokesman Steffen Seibert.
He said Germany had asked France and Sweden to independently verify the findings. German officials say laboratories in both countries, as well as the OPCW, have taken new samples from Navalny.
“In an effort separate from the ongoing OPCW examinations, meanwhile, three laboratories have provided evidence that Mr Navalny’s poisoning was caused by a nerve agent from the Novichok group,” Seibert said.
“Once again, we call on Russia to make a statement on the incident,” he added. “We are consulting closely with our European partners on possible next steps.”
Seibert will not identify the specialized French and Swedish laboratories. But the head of the Swedish Defense Research Agency, Asa Scott, told the Swedish news agency TT: “We can confirm that we see the same results as the German laboratory, so there is no doubt that these substances are involved.”
French President Emmanuel Macron expressed his “deep concern over the criminal act” directed at Navalny during a phone call with Putin on Monday, Macron’s cabinet said.
Macron confirmed that France had reached the same conclusions as its European partners on the poisoning, the statement said. “Clarification is needed from Russia in the context of a credible and transparent investigation,” she added.
The Kremlin said Putin in his appeal “emphasized the failure of baseless accusations against Russia” and stressed Russia’s demand that Germany hand over Navalny’s analyzes and samples to Russian experts. Putin also called for joint work on the case by German and Russian doctors.
Russian authorities urged Germany to share the evidence that led it to conclude “without a doubt” that Navalny had been poisoned with Novichok. Berlin rejected Moscow’s proposals to drag.
Asked why Russia had not been given samples by Navalny, German Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Adebachr said that “Mr Navalny was on Russian treatment in hospital for 48 hours. “
After falling ill, Navalny was treated at a hospital in the Siberian city of Omsk, where Russian doctors said no evidence of poisoning could be found and said he was too unstable to be relocated. A German charity sent a medical evacuation plane to Berlin for treatment, which it did after German doctors said it was stable enough to be relocated.
“There are samples from Mr. Navalny on the Russian side,” Adebachr said. “The Russian side is called upon, even after three independent laboratories have established the result, to explain, and Russia has … all the information and all the samples needed for analysis.”
Navalny was kept in an induced coma for more than a week because he was treated with an antidote before hospital officials said a week ago that his condition had improved enough to be taken out of it.
Frank Jordans in Berlin, Vladimir Isachenkov in Moscow, Sylvie Corbett in Paris and Jan M. Olsen in Copenhagen, Denmark contributed to this report.