Leader of the Russian opposition Alexei Navalny He is “seriously ill” on Penal colony where he was imprisoned He was recently transferred to the sick ward of the prison to receive treatment for a respiratory illness, reports said Tuesday.
Navalny has reportedly been tested for COVID-19, but it is not clear if the results come back or if he has tested positive.
However, the opponent said that many of the prisoners from his ward had previously been treated for tuberculosis.
Olga Mikhailova, Navalny’s lawyer, told Echo of Moscow that a member of Navalny’s legal team had visited him on Tuesday and was “in a rather poor condition.”
“He lost a lot of weight, plus he had a strong cough and a high temperature [100.6F]Mikhailova said.
“This guy is seriously ill. It’s quite a shame that IK-2 [prison] I pushed him into this state. “
Navalny, 44, is serving a two-and-a-half-year prison sentence on embezzlement charges described by human rights advocates as trumped-up. Politically motivated As a result of the lawyer attacks on Putin.
He was arrested in January after that Returning from GermanyHe was poisoned twice with a nerve agent from the Soviet era.
Last week, Navalny declared his hunger strike when prison officials refused to allow him to see a personal doctor to help treat pain and numbness in his back and legs that made it difficult for him to walk.
The prison has previously been described as a “true concentration camp.”
On Tuesday, Russian police arrested several supporters who traveled to the prison to protest the lack of medical care, including Anastasia Vasilieva, chair of the Russian Doctors Alliance, and three other members of the group.
The “Guardian” newspaper reported that two correspondents from “CNN” and the Polish TV station Pelsat were arrested.
“We came here today to help,” Vasilieva told reporters, before being tied. “There is no war here. Let’s solve this problem like people.”
Navalny’s wife, Julia, posted a letter on Tuesday sent by the prison warden explaining that her husband could not be sent to the hospital because he did not have his passport.
She also claimed that the warden mocked her husband by roasting a chicken in front of him and distributing sweets to fellow prisoners, while Navalny continued his hunger strike.
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