Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny posted a photo of himself from his hospital room in Germany on Tuesday, and said he was able to breathe for an entire day without the aid of a ventilator.
Navalny reportedly told German officials he plans to return to Russia as soon as he has recovered from what several international diagnostic teams have now confirmed as Novichok poisoning.
Navalny appears in the hospital photo with his wife Yulia and two children. In the accompanying text, he joked about the joys of being able to breathe without mechanical assistance and said he is now able to rise from his bed for “short periods of time.”
“Just on my own, no extra help, I didn’t even use the simplest valve in my throat. I liked it very much. It’s a remarkable process that is underestimated by many. Strongly recommended,” he said of breathing.