Navalny Could Be Down to a Few Days, Doctors Say

Marco Green
April 18, 2021

According to the Russian Federal Penitentiary Service, Navalny's health has been assessed as stable and satisfactory by medical professionals and he has been receiving all necessary care.

Navalny (44), a prominent opponent of Russian President Vladimir Putin, started refusing food on March 31 this year in protest at what he said was the refusal of prison authorities to treat him properly for acute back and leg pain.

A statement on her Twitter account said his potassium had reached "critical levels".

"As we write, Alexei Navalny is being held in a penal colony that many lawyers and human rights activists consider to be one of the harshest in Russian Federation", the letter said.

Mr Navalny was arrested on January 17 when he returned to Russian Federation from Germany, where had spent five months recovering from Soviet nerve-agent poisoning that he blames on the Kremlin. He is serving two and a half years in a notorious prison colony on charges of violating parole of his old suspended sentence for fraud.

Asked about Mr Navalny's worsening condition, US President Joe Biden told reporters: "It's totally totally unfair and totally inappropriate".

Alexei Navalny survived a poisoning previous year.

She said he should be moved into an intensive care station, adding "fatal arrhythmia can develop any minute".

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The doctors said he had to be examined immediately "taking into account the blood tests and his recent poisoning".

"Alexei is dying", she said on Facebook. "With his condition it's a matter of days".

Figures including author J.K. Rowling, actors Benedict Cumberbatch and David Duchovny called on Putin to offer Navalny, who is now on a hunger strike, immediate medical treatment.

Their appeal was published late Friday by France's Le Monde newspaper.

Navalny's allies said they would set a date for the protest once 500,000 supporters had registered with a website.

Navalny's wife said this week that he "speaks with difficulty" and has lost significant amounts of weight (from 93 kilograms when first jailed in February to 85 kilograms at the start of the hunger strike to 76 kilograms as of Tuesday).

On Friday, Russian prosecutors asked a court to label Navalny's Anti-Corruption Foundation and the network of his regional offices "extremist" organisations in a move that would outlaw them in Russia and could result in jail time for their members.

"The darkest times are beginning for free-thinking people, for civil society in Russian Federation", said Leonid Volkov, the head of Navalny's regional offices.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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