On 31 March, President Vladimir Putin’s most prominent opponent went on a hunger strike to demand proper medical treatment for back pain and numbness in his legs and hands. Jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny risks cardiac arrest at “any minute” as his health has rapidly deteriorated, doctors warned Saturday,to Russia’s most famous prisoner. On Saturday, US added his voice to a growing international chorus of protest at the activist’s treatment, describing his situation as “totally unfair”.
In February, Mr. Navalny, 44, was imprisoned and is serving two-and-a-halfembezzlement charges in a penal colony in Pokrov, around 100 kilometers east of Moscow.
Mr. Navalny’s doctor Anastasia Vasilyeva and three more doctors, including cardiologist Yaroslav Ashikhmin have asked prison officials to grant them immediate access.
“Our patient can die any minute,” Dr. Ashikhmin said on Facebook on Saturday, pointing to theMr. Navalny should be moved to .
“Fatal arrhythmia can develop any minute.”
In August, Mr. Navalny barely survived poisoning with the Novichok nerve agent, which he has blamed on the Kremlin. His doctors say hismight have exacerbated his condition.
Blood potassium levels above 6.0 mmol (millimole) per liter usually require immediate treatment. Mr. Navalny’s were at 7.1, the doctors said.
‘Alexei is dying.’
Mr. Navalny’s spokeswoman Kira Yarmysh, who accompanied him when he collapsed on a plane after the poisoning in August, said the situation was critical again.
“Alexei is dying,” she said on Facebook. “With his condition, it’s a matter of days.”
She said she felt like she was “on that plane again, only thisit’s landing in slow motion”, pointing out that access to Mr. Navalny was restricted, and few Russians were aware of what was happening with him in prison. On Saturday, . Navalny’s plight, Mr. Biden responded: “It’s unfair, totally inappropriate”. More than 70 prominent international writers, artists, and academics, including Jude Law, Vanessa Redgrave, and Benedict Cumberbatch, have called on Mr. Putin to ensure Mr. immediately.
Their appeal was published late Friday by France’s Le Monde newspaper.
Mr. Navalny’s team had announced plans to stage what they said would be “modern Russia’s biggest Saturday night, more than 450,000 people had signed up.“. Mr. Navalny’s allies said they would once 500,000 supporters had registered with a website. As of
Ms. Yarmysh on Saturday urged more Russians to sign up, saying that aMr. Navalny’s life.
“Putin only reacts to mass street protests,” she added.
Earlier this, Mr. Navalny’s wife, Yulia, who visited him in the penal colony, said her husband weighed 76 kilograms – down nine kilograms since starting his .
On Friday, Russian prosecutors asked a court to label Mr. Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation and the network of his regional offices “extremist” organizations in a move that would outlaw them in Russia and could result in for their members. “The darkest times are beginning for free-thinking people, for civil society in Russia,” said Leonid Volkov, Mr. Navalny’s regional office head.