Hunger-Striking Alexei Navalny Transferred To Russian Prison Hospital

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FILE PHOTO: Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny takes part in a rally in Moscow, Russia, F...

Alexei Navalny, the prominent Russian opposition figure, was transferred to a prison hospital, the jail officials and his lawyers said in a statement on Monday. The announcement comes after 20 days into a hunger strike that has attracted warnings from western nations.

Since last week, followers of Navalny, who have had no access to the opposition leader, said they were ready for bad news about his health. They further revealed their plans of mass countrywide protests later this week, which Kremlin has described as illegal.

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The recent political situation has further isolated Putin as the newly-elected American President Joe Biden announced new sanctions and the Czech Republic – an EU and NATO member – expelled Russian spies, alleging the Kremlin of involvement in the 2014 explosions.

According to the statement issued by the country’s prison service, Alexei Navalny has been transferred to a local jail hospital. The statement further added that his health condition was “satisfactory” and stated that Navalny was being given “vitamin therapy” with his consent.

Alexei Lipster, one of Navalny’s lawyers, said that he had arrived at the penal colony where Putin’s critic was being held while talking to RushHourDaily. Yet, he had not yet been able to meet him.

“Yes, he’s here,” Lipster said. “They are not refusing to let me meet him, but I have still not been able to get in. I’m waiting.” Ivan Zhdanov, head of Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation, said on Twitter the transfer “could only be understood to mean Navalny’s condition has worsened in such a way that even the torturer admits it”.

Navalny, an anti-corruption campaigner who became famous after posting a video on social media, revealed the expensive real estate the Russian political elite accumulated. Navalny was taken into custody following his return from Berlin, where he was being treated after a deadly attack. He and Western governments called this a murder attempt and blamed Moscow for it.

However, the Kremlin categorically denied any involvement. On March 31, Navalny went on a hunger strike to protest against what he described was the refusal of prison authorities to provide him with treatment for back and leg pain. Meanwhile, the government in Russia maintains that he has been treated well and accused him of exploiting his health for attention-seeking.

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