Russian President Vladimir Putin’s critic Alexei Navalny discharged from Berlin hospital

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s critic Alexei Navalny was discharged from a Berlin hospital where he was being treated for Novichok nerve agent poisoning.

The Charité Hospital said it was ending acute medical care because his condition had sufficiently improved.

A statement from the hospital said that 44-year-old Mr Navalny had spent 32 days there, including 24 days in intensive care.

“Based on the patient’s progress and current condition, the treating physicians believe that complete recovery is possible. However, it remains too early to gauge the potential long-term effects of his severe poisoning,” it said.

His team alleges he was poisoned on the orders of President Vladimir Putin.

The Kremlin has said there is no proof of that. And in a statement on Wednesday, a Kremlin spokesman said Mr Navalny was “free” to return to Moscow “at any moment”. The spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, also wished the opposition figure “a speedy recovery”.

Mr Navalny, a leading Russian opposition activist, collapsed on a flight in Siberia on 20 August. He was later transferred to the Charité hospital in the German capital.

On Wednesday, his spokeswoman said he would remain in Germany “because his treatment is not over”.

“Nevertheless, doctors now predict [a] full recovery,” she added.

In an Instagram post Mr Navalny wrote:

“Further recovery does not require in-patient care, but a normal life,” he wrote. “Walking, spending time with my family. Immersing myself in a daily routine.”

“My plans are simple: (go to) the physiotherapist every day.”

“Possibly a rehabilitation centre. Stand on one leg. Regain complete control over my fingers. Maintain my balance.”

He thanked doctors at the Berlin hospital for the treatment he had received.