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Russian opposition person Alexei Navalny has frozen and flat-seized his bank accounts following a court order, his spokeswoman says.

The day before, he was discharged from a hospital treating him for novichok nerve agent poisoning.

“They confiscated the property and home of someone who was in a coma,” said Kira Yarmysh.

His team accused President Vladimir Putin of ordering the poisoning, which the Kremlin strongly denies.

The leading opposition figure and vocal critic of Putin collapsed on a flight in Siberia on August 20 and was later taken to the Charité hospital in the German capital Berlin for treatment.

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The German government said laboratories in France and Sweden had re-confirmed German tests showing the poison used on Mr Navalny was a Novichok agent, and numerous governments have called for an explanation. However, the Kremlin has said there is no evidence of this.

After Mr Navalny was released on Wednesday, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said he was “free” to return to Moscow “anytime” and wished him “a speedy recovery”.

Why was his property confiscated?

Ms. Yarmysh said officials confiscated the opposition activist’s property on August 27, including his three-bedroom apartment in the southeastern Russian capital, Moscow.

“It means the apartment cannot be sold, donated or mortgaged,” Ms. Yarmysh said in a video posted on Twitter. Image rightsGetty ImagesImage descriptionKira Yarmysh took photos in front of the Omsk hospital, where Mr. Navalny was admitted for the first time after a serious illness

The move comes after Moscow schoolchildren’s catering company, owned by wealthy Russian businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin and nicknamed “Putin’s Cook”, filed a lawsuit.

Mr Navalny, his Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK) and a staff member posted a video questioning the quality of their products after a food poisoning outbreak in Moscow schools in 2018.

However, in October 2019, a court ordered them to delete the video and pay 88 million rubles ($ 1.1 million; £ 900,000) in damages for defamation because they had caused moral harm to the company.

On Wednesday, Mr. Prigozhin issued a statement that if Mr. Navalny “meets his Creator”, I personally do not intend to persecute him in this world.

Escaped death but still persecuted by Russian courts

Analysis by Oleg Boldyrev, BBC Russian, Moscow

Alexei Navalny narrowly escaped death from novichok poisoning a little over a month ago, but everything is going as usual in Russia – the courts are still after him.

Last year, he published an investigation into the supply of food to schools in Moscow, alleging security breaches.

The investigation pointed the finger at companies associated with Yevgeny Prigozhin, a shady businessman with interests in many areas: from catering for banquets in the Kremlin to supplying the army and high schools to food for the army and high schools Authorities – to run private military companies that protect Russian interests in Syria, Libya and some African countries.

Mr. Prigozhin sued Mr. Navalny for defamation and received a total of more than $ 1 million in damages. An ordinary apartment on the southern outskirts of Moscow belonging to Mr. Navalny is nowhere near as valuable.

The anti-corruption foundation established by the opposition politician says it needs to be restructured, but will continue to investigate corrupt Russian politicians despite this financial setback.

What’s the latest on Mr Navalny?

Mr Navalny was discharged from the hospital after 32 days, 24 of which were spent in intensive care.

“Based on the patient’s progress and current condition, the treating physicians believe that a full recovery is possible,” said a statement from the hospital. “However, it is too early to assess the possible long-term effects of his severe poisoning.”

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After coming out of his medically-induced coma, Mr Navalny’s team announced that he intended to return to Russia. Ms. Yarmysh said “no other options were ever considered”.

However, she said on Wednesday that he would stay in Germany for the time being “because his treatment has not yet ended”.

Mr Navalny posted an unassisted picture of himself online with the message that the doctors had given him every chance of a full recovery.

Shortly after his release, Mr Navalny described his rehabilitation program in a post on Instagram.

“Further recovery does not require inpatient care but a normal life,” he wrote. “Going out, spending time with my family. I immerse myself in everyday life.

“My plans are simple: [go to] The physical therapist every day, “he said.” Possibly a rehabilitation center. Stand on one leg. Take back complete control of my fingers. Keep my balance “

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