Russian dissident Alexei Navalny on Tuesday posted a photograph of himself in a German hospital bed surrounded by family members – looking gaunt as he recovers from being poisoned.
“Hi, this is Navalny. I miss you,” Navalny wrote in Russian on Instagram, adding that he still can’t do anything – but managed to breathe by himself all day Monday.
“I did not use any outside help, not even the simplest valve in my throat. I liked it very much,” he told his followers from Berlin’s Charite hospital while surrounded by his wife and other relatives.
On Monday, the Kremlin critic — who fell deathly ill after drinking alleged poisoned tea at a Siberian airport on his way to Moscow last month — vowed to return to Russia as soon as he is recovered.
“He’s not planning to go into exile in Germany,” a top German security officer told The New York Times. “He wants to go home to Russia, and he wants to continue his mission.
“He’s fully aware of his condition, he’s fully aware of what happened and he’s fully aware of where he is,” the officer added of the 44-year-old activist.
Navalny had been flown to Germany to be treated two days after being poisoned.
His family insists the poisoning was the work of the Kremlin, but Russian authorities deny the charge.
News of Navalny’s refusal to keep away from Russia came hours after specialized labs in France and Sweden independently confirmed he was poisoned by Novichok, a nerve agent that is a purported favorite of Moscow intelligence forces.
AOC warns Dems ‘there’s no going back to brunch’ even if Biden wins
US Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is warning Democrats they need to brace for the worst thing imaginable even if Joe Biden is elected — brunchless weekends!
“After we work to command victory in November, I need folks to realize that there’s no going back to brunch,” Ocasio-Cortez said in an Instagram video marking the death of liberal US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday — and referring to the need for Democratic Party stalwarts not to get complacent over any potential White House win.
“We have a whole new world to build. We cannot accept going back to the way things were, and that includes the Dem Party,’’ AOC said.
“Voting for Joe Biden, it’s not about whether you like him or not, it’s a vote to let democracy live another day,” said the socialist Bronx congresswoman, who has been famously tepid in her backing of Biden.
“No president is the answer. You are the answer. Mass movements are the answer,’’ the pol said.
GOP Sen. Murkowski opposes SCOTUS nominee vote before election
Sen. Lisa Murkowski said on Sunday that she opposes having the Senate vote on President Trump’s nominee to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in the Supreme Court before the election — the second Republican senator to object to filling the seat before Nov. 3.
“For weeks, I have stated that I would not support taking up a potential Supreme Court vacancy this close to the election. Sadly, what was then a hypothetical is now our reality, but my position has not changed,” the Alaska senator said in a statement.
“I did not support taking up a nomination eight months before the 2016 election to fill the vacancy created by the passing of Justice Scalia. We are now even closer to the 2020 election – less than two months out – and I believe the same standard must apply,” the statement continued.
On Saturday, Sen. Susan Collins, who is running for re-election in Maine, said she would be against pushing through the nomination in the 44 days before the November election.
“In order for the American people to have in their elected officials, we must act fairly and consistently – no matter which political party is in power,” Collins said in a statement posted on Twitter, saying she has no objection to the Senate Judiciary Committee reviewing the nominee’s credentials.
“Given the proximity of the presidential election, however, I do not believe that the Senate should vote on the nominee prior to the election. In fairness to the American people, who will either be re-electing the President or selecting a new one, the decision on a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court should be made by the President who is elected in November 3,” Collins said.
Trump made his feelings about Murkowski’s decision earlier Sunday when news reports said that she would be against taking up the nomination.
He remarked “No thanks!” to a tweet from the Alaska Chamber announcing that Murkowski would take part in a town hall on Sept. 22.
Murkowski and Collins objecting to a vote on the nomination before the election jeopardizes the majority that the Republicans would need to approve a nominee, lowering the 53-47 advantage they have to 51.
It would take four GOP senators to oppose the nominee to get beyond Vice President Mike Pence’s potential tie-breaking vote.
Other GOP senators, like Mitt Romney, who bucked Republicans in February and voted to impeach Trump over his dealings with the Ukraine president, and Cory Gardener, who’s in a knock-down, drag-out election fight in Colorado, could also defect but have so far been quiet about their intentions.
Murkowski and Collins were referring to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell holding up former President Barack Obama’s nominating Merrick Garland in 2016 to fill the vacancy left by the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.
McConnell said the nomination should not go through in an election year.
With Post wires
NYC subway station sign altered in Ruth Bader Ginsburg tribute
It’s the “supreme” tribute for a New York-born icon.
A tile sign for Manhattan’s 50th Street station on the C/E line was doctored to read “Ruth St.” in memory of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died Friday at 87 from complications of pancreatic cancer.
Twitter account Plannedalism blasted out a video of the handiwork late Saturday — in which the “50” was altered into an “RU” — though it wasn’t immediately clear who was behind the guerrilla memorial, or if it remained intact Sunday.
In the clip, a straphanger is seen using her phone to take a photo of the subterranean tribute to a lion of the highest court in the land.
There’s precedent for the memorial.
Soul great Aretha Franklin was similarly honored after her 2018 passing — with fans altering signs at the Franklin Street 1-train station in Manhattan, and the Franklin Avenue A/C station in Brooklyn — while fellow music legend Prince was memorialized at Manhattan’s Prince Street R/W station in 2016.
The MTA liked the impromptu Franklin tribute so much that they made it official, adding stickers at the station reading “Respect.”
Brooklyn born and raised, Ginsburg had served on the Supreme Court since 1993 and was remembered as a champion of equal rights.
Hundreds of mourners assembled outside a Lower Manhattan courthouse late Saturday to pay their respects to the jurist.
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