Alexei Navalny, a politician opposed to Vladimir Putin, is on a hunger strike and loses sensitivity in his hands, according to lawyers | World

Alexei Navalny, a politician opposed to Vladimir Putin, is on a hunger strike and loses sensitivity in his hands, according to lawyers | World
Alexei Navalny, a politician opposed to Vladimir Putin, is on a hunger strike and loses sensitivity in his hands, according to lawyers | World

Navalny, 44, announced on March 31 that he had decided to stop eating to protest his conditions of detention in Pokrov camp, 100 kilometers from Moscow, considered one of the most severe in the country.

The activist accuses the prison administration of denying him access to a doctor and “torturing” him by waking him up at night. He had previously stated that he suffered from severe back pain and lost sensation in his legs.

His lawyer, Olga Mikhailova, who visited him on Wednesday, said he was still on hunger strike despite having a cough and fever.

“His appearance is bad and he is not feeling well. No one intends to cure him,” he said, specifying that the opponent now weighs 80 kilograms, five less than when he started the hunger strike.

Another of his lawyers, Vadim Kobzev, declared on a social network that Navalny loses “a kilo every day” and who feels pain when walking.

“The disease is clearly progressing in terms of loss of sensation in the legs and hands,” he wrote.

In this context, the United States government today expressed concern about reports of deterioration in the opponent’s health.

“We are concerned about reports that Navalny’s health is getting worse,” said White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki, adding that Washington considers the opponent’s arrest as “politically motivated and grossly unfair”.

Navalny’s family and friends demand that he be transferred to a hospital.

The concern of his supporters is even greater because the opponent narrowly survived poisoning in August, for which he blamed the Kremlin.

A group of doctors, including Navalny’s personal doctor, Anastasia Vasilieva, met in front of the Pokrov colony on Tuesday to demand information about their health, but the police arrested them.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov considered that Alexei Navalny is a prisoner like any other and should not benefit from any favorable treatment.

Navalny returned to Russia in January, after five months of convalescence in Germany, and was immediately arrested and sentenced to two and a half years in prison for an old case of fraud that he considers political.

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