MOSCOW—Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny has regained consciousness, is breathing without a ventilator and plans to return to Russia from Germany where he has been undergoing treatment since being poisoned in Siberia last month.
In his first statement since falling ill, the Kremlin’s most vocal critic sounded upbeat and defiant.
“I still can barely do anything, but yesterday I was able to breathe the whole day by myself,” Mr. Navalny wrote on Instagram, displaying his usual acerbic wit. “I liked it. It’s a great process underestimated by many. Really recommend it.”
His comments were accompanied by a photograph, showing Mr. Navalny somewhat hunched and drawn on a hospital bed, surrounded by his wife and two children.
The hospital treating Mr. Navalny said he had been able to leave his bed for short periods.