Jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny could die 'any minute', doctors warn

Source BBC

Source BBC

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny "is dying" and could suffer a cardiac arrest at "any minute", his doctor warned today as medics are barred from the penal colony.

Mr Navalny was ordered to serve two-ad-a-half years in prison on the grounds that his long recovery in Germany violated a suspended sentence he had been given for a fraud conviction in a case that he says was politically motivated.

The 44-year-old poisoning survivor went on hunger strike over two weeks ago to demand a civilian doctor treat his severe back pain and leg numbness.

This may have exacerbated his condition, doctors said, as they asked prison officials to grant them immediate access.

Mr Navalny was arrested on January 17 when he returned to Russian Federation from Germany, where had spent five months recovering from Soviet nerve-agent poisoning that he blames on the Kremlin.

US President Joe Biden on Saturday said the situation with Russian opposition figure Alexey Navalny, who is now serving a two-and-a-half prison term, is "totally unfair".

Prison authorities said Mr Navalny refused proper treatment and insisted he should be treated by a doctor of his choice from outside the facility, a request they have denied.

Alexei Navalny survived a poisoning past year.

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Anastasia Vasilyeva, Navalny's personal physician, said in the letter that the blood tests showed his potassium had reached the point where kidney failure and cardiac arrest "can happen any minute".

Russia's state penitentiary service has said that Mr Navalny was receiving all the medical help he needed.

The doctors said he had to be examined immediately "taking into account the blood tests and his recent poisoning".

"Our patient could die at any moment", he said in a Facebook post.

More than 70 personalities, including Jude Law, Vanessa Redgrave and Benedict Cumberbatch, demanded in an article published Friday evening in the French newspaper "Le Monde" that necessary medical care be secured for Navalny.

Earlier this week, Navalny's wife Yulia, who visited him in the penal colony, said her husband now weighed 76 kilograms (168 pounds) - down nine kilograms since starting his hunger strike.

On Friday, Russian prosecutors asked a court to designate Navalny's Anti-Corruption Foundation and the network of his regional offices as "extremist" in a move that would outlaw them in Russia and could result in jail time for their members.

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