Alexei Navalny's First Photo Since Poisoning Is Released and He's Surrounded by Happy Family

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny shared his first photo from the hospital after being poisoned in August.

As previously reported, Navalny was hospitalized after calling out in pain on a flight from Siberia to Moscow. His flight made an emergency landing, and he was taken to a hospital where he was placed on a ventilator. His press secretary said that his team believed someone mixed something with tea with a toxin that morning. Navalny was transferred to Charité University Hospital in Berlin days later. According to The Guardian, German officials said that he was poisoned with novichok, a chemical weapon.

Members of the Anti-Corruption Foundation, a non-profit started by Navalny to investigate corruption, said that they believed that Russian President Vladmir Putin called for the poisoning, as previously reported. Although Russian officials have denied reports that he was poisoned.

Navalny shared the photo to his Instagram early on Tuesday. The Guardian reported that the two people in the photo with him were his wife and two children. The picture shows Navalny sitting up in a hospital bed with his wife Yulia Navalnaya by his side smiling and his two children wearing face masks, leaning in for the picture.

In the photo's description, the Putin-critic gave an update on his health, saying in Russian that he was doing a little bit better. "Hi, this is Navalny. I miss you. I still can hardly do anything, but yesterday I was able to breathe on my own for the whole day. Just myself. I did not use any outside help, not even the simplest valve in my throat. I liked it very much. An amazing, underestimated process by many. Recommended," he wrote in the description, according to a translation on Reddit.

People commented their support for Navalny including Russian Vlogger Nikolay Sobolev. "Alexey, you are our hero, welcome back to reality," he wrote.

In a Monday tweet, Navalny's press secretary also gave a health update. "He is completely disconnected from the ventilator and can already get up from the hospital bed for a while," she wrote in a tweet.

Новости о здоровье Алексея: он полностью отключен от ИВЛ и уже может на некоторое время вставать с больничной койки

— Кира Ярмыш (@Kira_Yarmysh) September 14, 2020

In a tweet early Tuesday morning, his press secretary also wrote that Navalny plans to return to Russia. "All morning, journalists write to me and ask if it is true that Alexei plans to return to Russia, " she wrote. "Once again I confirm to everyone: no other options have ever been considered."

According to the BBC, armed police officers have been stationed at the hospital in Germany.

The Anti-Corruption Foundation did not respond to Newsweek's emailed request for comment in time for publication.

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Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny stands near law enforcement agents in a hallway of a business centre, which houses the office of his Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK), in Moscow on December 26, 2019. Navalny shared a photo of himself with family on Instagram, revealing that he was doing better following his poisoning. Getty/DIMITAR DILKOFF/AFP