Putin critic Alexei Navalny has been pictured walking down stairs in hospital as he continues to recover after being poisoned with novichok.
He said in a post on Instagram that he still has difficulties climbing stairs because his legs tremble but his path to recovery is now “clear, although long”.
On Thursday, a member of his entourage claimed he was poisoned via a water bottle in his Siberian hotel room.
Two independent laboratories in France and Sweden confirmed an earlier German finding that the Russian was poisoned with novichok, which was used in the Salisbury attack on ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal.
Mr Navalny, the leading opponent of Russian President Vladimir Putin, fell ill in Siberia last month and was airlifted to Berlin where he has been treated in the Charite University Hospital.
German chancellor Angela Merkel said the use of the chemical weapon showed the “dangerous” attack on Mr Navalny was attempted murder and the aim was to silence him.
She said there were “very serious questions that only the Russian government can answer and must answer”.
Mr Navalny said in the Instagram post he still could not use his phone and had difficulties trying to pour water into his
“There are many problems yet to be solved but amazing doctors from the Charite hospital have solved the main one,” the post said.
“They turned me from a ‘technically alive human being’ into someone who has high chances to become… a man who can quickly scroll Instagram and understands without thinking where to put his likes.”
He added that at first he had had difficulties recognising people and finding the words to express himself, saying he suffered “despair” because he couldn’t “find the words”.
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