Alexei Navalny sent to prison hospital in Russian Federation

Ruben Hill
April 20, 2021

The team of jailed Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny called for massive protests across Russian Federation next week to help save the life of the hunger-striking opposition leader, who doctors warn could die in a matter of days.

Mr Navalny is to be transferred to a hospital for prisoners located in another penal colony in Vladimir, a city 110 miles east of Moscow, the state prison service, FSIN, said in a statement.

The prison service statement said Navalny's condition was deemed "satisfactory".

It comes after Yaroslav Ashikhmin, a doctor acting on behalf of Navalny's family, said test results received from the Russian penal colony where the activist is being held show unsafe levels of potassium in his blood along with signs of kidney failure.

Navalny, Putin's most prominent opponent, was arrested in January on returning to Russian Federation from Berlin after recovering from a near-fatal poisoning attack he says was orchestrated by the Kremlin.

Maas also demanded that Russian authorities give Navalny swift access to proper medical care.

Sentenced to two and a half years in prison for embezzlement, he began a hunger strike on March 31 demanding medical treatment for back pain and numbness to his hands and legs. The ruling prompted global outrage.

On Sunday, Navalny's team said a nationwide protest was planned for Wednesday to highlight his plight.

German foreign minister Heiko Maas said the issue will be discussed at a meeting of European Union foreign ministers on Monday.

"He must be treated humanely", she said. In the past, security forces have violently broken up demonstrations. Donating money to the groups - something thousands of Russians have done regularly in recent years - would also become a criminal offense punishable by prison.

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been transferred to a prison hospital. Ivan Zhdanov, head of the Foundation for Fighting Corruption, tweeted that the transfer takes Navalny merely to another "tormenting colony, just with a big in-patient facility, where gravely ill are being transferred".

A team of physicians including his personal doctor Anastasia Vasilyeva has made multiple attempts to see him but been rejected each time.

Since last month, the politician has been serving his sentence in a penal colony notorious for its harsh conditions.

Earlier, his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian also said the bloc was watching Navalny's situation closely, as he warned of possible further sanctions against Russian Federation.

Others have suggested that Putin is responding to pressures within Russian Federation itself, including growing political opposition from Navalny and those linked to him. "The EU continues to call for his immediate and unconditional release".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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