Moscow — Prison doctors have decided to transfer Russia’s leading opposition leader Alexei Navalny to a hospital, and prison officials brought international warnings of the consequences if he died in prison on Monday. He told the hunger strike on the 20th.
Navalny’s allies, who have been out of touch with him since last week, said he was encouraged by the bad news about his health. They are planning a large national demonstration later this week.
The Nawarny case further isolated Moscow when US President Joe Biden’s administration announced stricter economic sanctions and the Czech Republic, a member of the EU and NATO, expelled Russian spies. ..
Russian prison services said in a statement that a decision had been made to transfer Navalny, 44, to a local prison hospital, but it was not clear if the transfer had already taken place.
He said his condition was “satisfactory” and he was receiving “vitamin therapy” with his consent.
Ivan Zhdanov, head of the Navalny Anti-Corruption Foundation, described the move as “a transfer to the same torture colony, and only larger hospitals accept people with serious illness.”
“So we can only understand that it means that Navalny’s condition has deteriorated and even torturers have deteriorated in a way that admits it,” he said on Twitter.
Navalny, an anti-corruption activist who made a name for himself in a viral video cataloging the vast wealth accumulated by high-ranking Russian officials calling himself “scammers and thieves,” has been accused of embezzlement for two and a half years. Up in prison.
He was arrested when he returned to Russia in January after German authorities recovered in Germany that he had been addicted to a nerve agent banned in Russia. He and the Western government called him an attempted assassination. The Kremlin denies any accusations.
Navalny protested in a hunger strike on March 31 stating that prison officials refused to provide treatment for leg and back pain. Russia says he is well treated and exaggerates the illness to get his attention.
The United States warned Russia about the unspecified “results” of Navalny’s death in a Russian prison. The EU Foreign Minister was scheduled to discuss the case on Monday.
The Kremlin said on Monday that it would retaliate against further sanctions and reject foreign statements regarding the case. “The health of those convicted and imprisoned in Russian territory cannot and should not be of interest to them,” said spokesman Dmitry Peskov.
Moscow has significantly reduced international pressure since becoming Western Paria in 2014, which occupied Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula and boosted the rebellion in eastern Ukraine.
But if Biden pushes stricter sanctions than under former President Donald Trump, the calculus could change when the new administration arrives in Washington in January.
Moscow expelled 20 Czech diplomats on Sunday in retaliation for the Czech Republic, which expelled 18 Russians over the weekend, after Prague accused Russia of its role in the bombing of the armory.
The Czech Republic said Monday that Moscow’s decision to expel more Czechs than it did Russians was unexpected and called for support from its European allies.
The October and December 2014 arsenal explosions occurred when NATO was considering transferring Czech weapons to Ukraine to fight Russian-backed separatists. After the first blast, two people were found dead in the depot.
Prague said it learned that two Russian agents, who were later accused by Britain of poisoning former Russian spies in Britain, were in the Czech Republic at the time of the blast. Russia has denied any role.
Last week, Russia also expelled 10 US diplomats in retaliation for the expulsion of Russians from the United States and the stricter US sanctions imposed by the Biden administration.
Navalny’s allies are calling for a major protest this week to save his life. Russian authorities have banned such demonstrations, cracked down on organizers, and so far have succeeded in preventing sustained opposition on the streets. Police said Monday that people should not participate in banned demonstrations.
Navalny’s ally Lyubov Sobol said his friends were encouraged by the bad news about his health.
“I don’t know what happened to him over the weekend because the lawyer isn’t allowed to visit him,” she told the Echo of Moscow radio station. “I don’t think we can expect to receive good news about his health today. I think his condition is really very critical and very close to serious. 20 days of hunger strikes, that’s terrible. “