For weeks Kremlin critic Alexej Navalny has been treated at the Berlin Charité. Now his spokeswoman explains that he still has a long way to go. First of all, rehab is waiting for him.

The poisoned Kremlin critic Alexej Navalny will have to be treated in Germany for several weeks, according to his spokeswoman. “Navalny’s recovery will of course take a long time,” his spokeswoman Kira Jarmysch said in an online broadcast Thursday evening. He will remain in Germany for the time being and will undergo rehabilitation treatment there. “Obviously, that’s not a matter of a few days and probably not a matter of a few weeks either.”

Kremlin critic suffers from physical consequences

The Russian opposition member was released from clinical treatment at the Charité in Berlin on Wednesday. According to his own statements, the 44-year-old is still suffering from significant physical consequences from poisoning with the nerve gas Novitschok. For example, he can no longer throw or write the ball with his left hand. However, the treating doctors believe that a full recovery is possible.

The well-known Kremlin critic was admitted to the Charité on August 22, after collapsing two days earlier during a flight in Russia and admitted to a Siberian hospital after an emergency landing.

“You are good people”

On Friday, Navalny thanked the pilots for the emergency landing and the paramedics for the first aid at Omsk airport. Although he doesn’t know their names, he owes his life to them, Navalny wrote in a blog post. “Thank you, unknown close friends,” wrote Navalny. “You are good people.”

Navalny said he would die on the flight from the Siberian city of Tomsk to Moscow according to the “killer’s plan” and arrive in the Russian capital in a “black body bag”. A “succession of happy coincidences” and the rapid intervention of “unknown good people” prevented this.

Scheduled return to Russia

According to his spokeswoman, Navalny wants to return to his home country after completing his medical treatment. According to Yarmysh, his assets in Russia have since been frozen by order of a court.

According to the federal government, Navalny was “undoubtedly” poisoned with a chemical nerve agent from the Novichok group. Moscow rejects the suspicion that Russian government agencies deliberately poisoned Navalny.

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