MOSCOW (AP) – Attorney for detained Russia’s opposition leader Alexei Nawalny, who complained of severe back and leg pain in detention, said on Wednesday doctors found him sick. Two intervertebral discs
Vadim Kobzev told Interfax news agency that Navalny had a protruding spine and began to lose the sensation in his hands.
Navalny joined a famine protest last week to protest what he called poor medical care in Russian prisons. On Tuesday, the head of the Marine Corps-backed Medical Alliance was detained by police after attempting to enter prison to speak to doctors.
Navalni, 44, is the fiercest domestic opponent of Russia̵7;s President Vladimir Putin. He was arrested in January after returning to Moscow from Germany where he spent five months recovering from a nerve poisoning he blamed the Kremlin. The Russian authorities have denied the allegations. Still, laboratories in Germany and elsewhere in Europe confirmed that Navalny was poisoned with the Soviet-era Novichok neuroleptic stimulant.
A Russian court ordered Navalny in February to serve 2 1/2 years in prison for violating his probationary conditions, including when he was convicted in Germany on a 2014 misappropriation conviction.Navalny has denied conviction. That was created and the European Court of Human Rights found “Arbitrary and clearly unreasonable”
Navalny said in an Instagram post on Wednesday that prison officials tried to undermine his hunger by allowing fragrant chicken to be cooked in his unit’s kitchen, exiting the regulations and putting snacks in the kitchen. His clothes
“Do you know what’s most important in the first step of the prison hunger strike? Check your bag, ”he wrote ..
Navalny’s imprisonment has sparked widespread criticism from the West, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said on Wednesday, “We urge the Russian authorities to take all necessary actions for his safety and health,” added, ” We consider Navalni’s imprisonment for allegedly politically motivated and gross injustice; and We stand with like-minded allies and allies in calling for their immediate release. ”
Authorities moved Navalny last month from a Moscow prison to the IK-2 colony in Vladimir district, 85 kilometers (53 miles) east of the Russian capital. Russia on a particularly strict inmate routine that included hours of attention.
Within weeks of his detention, Navalni said he had severe back and leg pain and was unable to sleep effectively as officers monitor him every hour of the night. He went hungry on March 31, demanding access to appropriate medicines and seeing a doctor.
The Russian State Correctional Service said Navalny was getting all the medical assistance he needed.
Another Navalny lawyer, Olga Mikhailova, said a neuroscientist consulted by Navalny’s organization said the prescribed treatment in prison was ineffective.
Navalny said on Monday that three of the 15 people he was with had been diagnosed with tuberculosis, a contagious disease transmitted by air. He said he coughed heavily and had a fever with a temperature of 38.1 degrees Celsius (100.6 F).
On Monday, the state penitentiary said Navalny was the prison’s sanitation unit after a physical examination showed he had “signs of respiratory disease, including a high fever”.
Mikhailova said on Wednesday that Navalny’s fever had subsided, but he was still coughing and weak from hunger.