In an important update, Charité Hospital in Berlin said Navalny’s condition “continues to improve” and indicated that he is capable of talking. It said that the latest news of his health was made public after consulting Navalny and his wife.
German medics have warned that it is too early to say whether the navalis will be fully recovered. But the fact that he is out of a medically induced coma and is able to walk a bit is the most positive sign to date.
On 20 August, Navalny collapsed after drinking a cup of tea at Tomsk Airport in Siberia. He was moved from Russia to Berlin two days later and spent more than three weeks leaning on a ventilator. He was unconscious while doctors treated him with the antidote atropine.
Navalny’s colleagues welcomed the news from Berlin. His press secretary Kira Yarmish said the opposition leader was “completely cut off” from the ventilator and that he could stand.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel revealed earlier this month that Navalich had been poisoned by Novichok, a deadly Russian nerve agent, which was also used in March 2018 against Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury, south-west England Was. Merkel and other world leaders have called on Russia to respond and conduct a transparent investigation.
On Monday, Berlin said French and Swedish laboratories had confirmed Germany’s discovery that Novichok was used to poison Navalny. French President Emmanuel Macron called Russian President Vladimir Putin and asked him to explain what had happened, .lysée Palace said.
In a statement, Macron’s office said: “The President expressed his deep concern over the criminal act against Alexei Navalny and Mandatory and should shed all light on the circumstances and responsibilities of this effort, without delay.”
Macron said the use of Novichok violates “international norms on using chemical weapons”. It is unclear whether the European Union will impose sanctions on Moscow, which denies participation, saying there is no evidence that Navalny was poisoned.
The financial paper Les Echos said the Navalny incident jeopardized Macron’s attempts to resume negotiations with Putin. A thaw in relations between Paris and Moscow was invited as VIP guests on 14 July at the Bastille Day celebrations of the French Embassy along with Russia’s Deputy Defense Minister and Deputy Foreign Minister.
The invitation followed a lengthy video conference between Macron and Putin, during which Macron accepted an invitation to visit Moscow in September for Putin’s “strategic dialogue”.
News magazine l’Express said that Macron told diplomats and ambassadors last year that renewing France’s relations with Russia was “absolutely necessary”. Macron may have heard former Minister of Foreign Affairs Hubert Vederin who opined that “our relationship with Russia today is completely absurd to the deterioration of our relationship with the USSR”.
Meanwhile, Navalni’s supporters have secured city council seats in Siberia after the regional elections on Sunday. The heads of Navalny’s offices won seats for both Novosibirsk and Tomsk.
Navalny stayed in Tomsk to promote his “smart voting” campaign when he was poisoned at the airport while on his way back to Moscow. Kensia Fadeyeva, the 28-year-old head of Navalny’s Tomsk office, said he won a city council seat along with another Navalny colleague.
“This is the first victory of a naval office chief,” opposition politician Anti Corruption Foundation director Ivan Jhadanov said on Twitter. “It was in Tomsk where Navalny was poisoned.”