Jauns.lv has already reported that the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) on Tuesday found the presence of a chemical warfare substance belonging to the “Novičok” group in blood samples from Navalny.
In a video interview recorded just 6 days after Navalny was discharged from Berlin Hospital, the opposition showed his still trembling hands and told about the recovery process. Navalny was discharged from the hospital on September 22, but continues to undergo a rehabilitation course in Germany, which could take several weeks.
“My hands are shaking. If I drank water from a bottle, it would be a pretty good view,” he says. “I’m getting better every day. I work with a physiotherapist. Today he started teaching me to juggle. You’ll see me juggling on a unicycle and pulling a rabbit out of my hat,” he joked.
Navalny says he now feels like a guinea pig because there aren’t many people who have survived chemical warfare wounds. Specialists are closely following his recovery to know that to help other people in such cases.
Navalny also remembers the moment when the plane collapsed. “Without waiting for it myself, I suddenly turned to the flight attendant, saying that I was poisoned and would die immediately. Then I fell at his feet,” the man recalls. He says the flight attendant looked at him with a smile at first, thinking he was “just some crazy person”.
After that, he doesn’t remember much more than the feeling that he will die soon. “The whole body tells you – Alexei, it’s time to say goodbye,” he says.
As for how long he will stay in Germany, Navalni points out that rehabilitation can take from a few weeks to a few months. “Definitely not a year,” he says, adding that doctors have little experience with such cases of poisoning.
In a video interview, Navalny also reiterated his belief that he had been poisoned by Russian intelligence services with Novichok’s nervous system because the authorities saw him as a threat before next year’s parliamentary elections. He sticks to his version that Russian President Vladimir Putin is behind the poisoning.
The full interview with Alexei Navalny can be viewed here:
Navalny was discharged from a German hospital last month after 32 days of treatment, but doctors say it is too early to predict whether he will suffer from long-term health problems.
Navalny on Wednesday called on the European Union (EU) to impose sanctions on so-called oligarchs closely associated with the Kremlin. “Sanctions against the whole country are not working. The most important thing is to impose restrictions on entry against those who benefit from the regime and to freeze their property,” Navalny told Bild.
“They have squandered money, robbed billions, but fly to Berlin or London on weekends, buy expensive apartments and sit in cafes,” the opposition added. In particular, he mentioned Valery Gergiev, the chief conductor of the Munich Philharmonic, who is a supporter of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
On April 20, Navalny was reportedly ill during a flight from Tomsk to Moscow, the pilot made an emergency landing at Omsk airport, and Navalny was unconsciously taken to Omsk hospital with signs of poisoning. On August 22, Navalny was transferred from Russia to Germany, where he was treated by the Charite clinic at the University of Berlin.
On 2 September, Germany stated that indisputable evidence had been obtained that Navalny had been poisoned by a nerve-paralyzing warfare substance belonging to the Novichok group. This conclusion was later confirmed by the French and Swedish laboratories, but also by the OPCW on Tuesday.