Poisoned Russian opposition leader breaks silence as he shares hospital pic

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Poisoned Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has broken his silence after sharing a picture from his hospital bed.

The 44-year-old critic of Vladimir Putin fell ill on a flight from the city of Tomsk to Moscow on August 20 and had been in a coma until last week.

In a social media post, Alexei revealed he was still recovering in bed after regaining consciousness on September 7.

He admitted he was struggling to breathe on his own, joking that it was an "underestimated" activity.

Addressing his 1.7m Instagram followers on Tuesday, the activist wrote: "Hi, this is Navalny. I miss you.

"I still can hardly do anything, but yesterday I was able to breathe on my own all day.

"Generally myself. I did not use any outside help, not even the simplest valve in my throat.

"I liked it very much. An amazing, underestimated by many process. Recommend."

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  • Russia
  • Vladimir Putin
  • Novichok

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