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MOSCOW – Russian police said on Tuesday they had made multiple arrests outside the prison where opposition leader Alexei Navalny, 44, was in custody. Back pain and loss of feeling in both legs
Doctors allied with Navalny travel to the gates of the parole colony in Pokrov, about 60 miles east of Moscow, to demand access to him. Police said they made nine arrests, including Dr. Anastasia Vasilyeva, head of the Alliance of Doctors, one of Navalny’s doctors.
The union later tweeted that Vasilyeva was released, although three of her colleagues remained in police custody, the CNN news team was briefly detained.
In February, a Moscow judge sent Navalny to prison for 2 1/2 years for violating the terms of a 2014 verdict that the European Court of Human Rights later ruled as unfair.Navalny was immediately arrested on him. Returning to Moscow from Germany, where he was recovered from a rare nerve stimulant poisoning attack he blamed Russia’s President Vladimir Putin.
Putin, who declined to publicly disclose Nawalni’s name, has denied any involvement in the poisoning. Although the Kremlin suggested that Navalni was too insignificant to pay attention. But he was banned from competing with Putin three years ago. Following nationwide protests following Navalny’s arrest in January, officials responded by arresting more than 10,000 people in a crackdown on dissent.
Navalny has built a national following on social media and continues to post from the prison via his colleagues on March 26.He first complained about his health, saying he had never mentioned it. First, in the hope that he will receive medical attention from prison staff. He announced a strike five days later. On Monday, he wrote that he had a bad temperature and cough – and that three of the inmates were being treated for tuberculosis.
Olga Mikhailova, one of Navalny’s lawyers, told Moscow radio station Ekho Moskvy on Tuesday that no doctors in the colony punished Pokrov.She said more than 2,000 doctors had signed an open letter demanding that Navalny be examined by Specialists he trusted, including those from a German clinic who treated him after poisoning.
“All necessary actions are being done, usually special treatment for any one prisoner is not in question,” Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters in Moscow. “If we are really talking about the illness, then corresponding treatment will be given.”
For now, the Kremlin’s unyielding stance against Navalny and his supporters appears to have succeeded in cracking down on dissent, Navalny’s allies have no longer called for a rally since January, and said. That they will not announce the next strike until half a million Russians register on a special website. As of Tuesday, the number of registered protesters exceeded 395,000.
The Kremlin’s relentless media campaign against Navalni has also worked. A poll published by the Independent Levada Center this week showed that 48% of Russians believed the court had a fair decision in Navalny’s case, while 29% did not.
However, as long as Navalny is in prison and in poor health, he will remain on the international agenda.
In a video conference with Putin last week, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Prime Minister Angela Merkel informed Navalny’s condition by sending a message that the Western leaders would not. Forget him