Navalny posts hospital photo of himself, plans Russia return

This handout photo published by Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny on his instagram account, shows himself, centre, and his wife Yulia, right, posing for a photo with medical workers in a hospital hospital in Berlin, Germany. Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has posted the picture of himself in a hospital in Germany and says he's breathing on his own. He posted on Instagram Tuesday Sept. 15, 2020: "Hi, this is Navalny. I have been missing you. I still can't do much, but yesterday I managed to breathe on my own for the entire day." (Navalny instagram via AP)

BERLIN (AP) — Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has posted a picture of himself in a Berlin hospital and has wryly joked about his recovery in his first statement since he fell ill with what German authorities say was poisoning with a nerve agent. His Instagram post says: “Hi, this is Navalny. I have been missing you. I still can’t do almost anything on my own, but yesterday I managed to breathe on my own for the entire day.” Navalny was flown to Berlin two days after falling ill on a domestic flight in Russia on Aug. 20. Navalny’s spokeswoman tweeted that once he has recovered, he plans to return to Russia.