Updates: 07.04.2021 22:24
Released: 07.04.2021, 20:18
Paris / Moscow – Doctors at the Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny, who is complaining of persistent back and leg pains in prison, found out after an examination on a tomograph that he was suffering from two protruding discs. Lawyer Vadim Kobzev told Interfax, who was able to meet his client today at the IK-2 correctional facility in Pokrov, about 100 kilometers from Moscow. Navalnyj complains that he is losing emotion not only in his legs, but also in his hands, after a meeting Kobzev’s colleague Olga Mikhailovova told Dožď television.
“He still suffers from back and leg pain. And he loses his feelings in addition to his legs,” the lawyer said. According to her, Navalny continues his hunger strike, which he demands to be examined by doctors of his choice, and only drinks water. According to the lawyer, prison doctors recommend outdated treatment and drugs that have not been used elsewhere for decades, so Navalnyj rejects these procedures. However, the prison administration is afraid to let specialists into the facility so that they do not confirm that poor treatment has exacerbated Navalny’s problems. “He is holding on and still encouraging us in spirit,” she added. According to Kobzev, the prisoner loses a kilogram of body weight every day.
Mikhailova had previously told the TASS agency that the test did not show a coronavirus in Navalny. According to the newspaper Izvestia, examination by Navalný did not even show tuberculosis.
An opposition politician announced on Monday that he had a severe cough and fever. The prison administration confirmed that he fell ill and was transferred to the medical part of the prison.
The opposition and his colleagues have previously complained about the conditions in the prison, where guards wake him up every night at night. He therefore went on a hunger strike at the end of March.
The human rights organization Amnesty International stated today that Navalny is being held in conditions that amount to torture and can slowly kill him.
Russian police detained Navalny in January when he returned from Germany, where he was recovering from last August’s poisoning. According to Western laboratories, he was poisoned with a nerve agent from a group of novices, which was confirmed by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. Navalnyj attributes his poisoning to Russian President Vladimir Putin and the FSB secret service, Moscow denies it. In February, a Russian court changed his previously imposed suspended sentence for embezzlement to unconditional sentence and sent him to a prison camp for 2.5 years. Moscow rejects Western calls for the liberation of Navalny and the investigation of poisoning as interference in Russia’s internal affairs. Navalnyj claims that he was convicted in a political trial and that he was punished for allowing himself to survive the poisoning ordered by Putin.
Moscow City Court today upheld a complaint by Navalny Oleg’s brother and lawyer for the Naval Anti-Corruption Fund, Ljubov Sobolova, under house arrest, awaiting trial on charges of violating hygiene standards in organizing protests for Naval Liberation. However, according to Newsru.com, the court forbade them to leave their residence from eight in the evening until six in the morning and they are also not allowed to talk about the case.