“The patient’s condition has improved sufficiently to get rid of acute hospital treatment,” said a statement from Berlin’s Charité Hospital released on Wednesday, a day after the Kremlin critic left the hospital.
“Alexey Navalny has been receiving treatment in Charité for a total of 32 days, of which 24 days have been spent in intensive care,” he said. “Based on the patient’s progress and current condition, treating physicians believe that full recovery is possible. However, it is too early to assess the possible long-term effects of severe poisoning.”
The Kremlin has vehemently denied any involvement, but many questions remain.
Novichok was also used in an attack in March 2018 against former Russian spy Sergei Skripal in the English city of Salisbury, and many Russian dissidents have been poisoned in the past.
“Before they allowed me to go to Germany, they took off all my clothes and sent me there completely naked,” he said in a statement. “Given the fact that Novichok was found in my body and a method of poisoning is very likely, my clothes are very important material evidence.”
Monday’s statement coincided with the end of a preliminary investigation into the incident by Russian authorities, which did not lead to a criminal investigation. Naval’s spokeswoman Kira Yarmysh said the Russian government had turned a blind eye to the incident.
Last week, Navalny’s aides said they had transported items from Tomsk’s room to Germany, where a lab later found traces of a nerve agent in one of the water bottles from which he apparently drank.
Navalny’s colleague who collected the items in Tomsk, chief investigator Georgy Alburov, previously told CNN that the water bottle was not necessarily the item used to poison the Kremlin critic, suggesting the substance could have been placed in a different object.