Alexei Navalny ‘seriously ill’ in prison, moved to sick ward

Henrietta Strickland
April 8, 2021

Navalny has since last Wednesday been on a hunger strike he started over what he said was a lack of access to a doctor after experiencing worsening pain in his back and legs. He was arrested in January upon returning to Moscow from Germany, where he spent five months recovering from a nerve-agent poisoning that he blames on the Kremlin. Although some said it is unclear or unlikely that more sanctions would change Russia's behavior, they saidit was important that the United States continue to speak out and act against Moscow's treatment of Navalny.

Police said nine people had been taken into custody for flouting public order.

TikTok came into the view of the authorities more recently after videos on the platform in January calling for Russians to join rallies in support of Navalny garnered hundreds of thousands of views.

The Moscow court - which imposed the fine - said on its Telegram channel TikTok was found guilty of failing to remove information that violates Russian law and sentenced to an administrative fine of 2.6 million rubles, or approximately Rs5.2 million. The facility in the town of Pokrov stands out among Russian penitentiaries for its especially strict inmate routines, which include standing at attention for hours.

Human rights group Amnesty International said Wednesday that Navalny is incarcerated in conditions that amount to torture and may slowly be killing him.

The health of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny is deteriorating and he is beginning to lose sensation in his legs and hands, his lawyer says.

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Navalny sits in a Moscow court as his lawyer Olga Mikhailova, left, reads documents in this photo from July 24, 2019.

Last week, Russia's prison service denied Navalny's allegations that he was not receiving proper treatment, saying he had been given "all the necessary medical assistance in accordance with his medical indications". Mikhailova provided an update this week on her client's health problems.

Mr Navalny was reportedly moved to the prison's medical wing on Monday after coming down with a fever and displaying "signs of a respiratory illness".

His temperature was oscillating and had fallen to 37C (98.6F) on Wednesday after reaching 39C (102F) on Monday, according to the lawyer, who said Navalny was losing 1kg (2lbs) a day due to a hunger strike.

Half of Levada's respondents aged 18 to 24 said Navalny was imprisoned unjustly, compared with 19% of those aged 55 and over.

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