Putin Critic Alexei Navalny 'Could Die At Any Moment,' Doctor Says

Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny attends a hearing to consider an appeal against an earlier court decision to change his suspended sentence to a real prison term in Moscow Russia

Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny attends a hearing to consider an appeal against an earlier court decision to change his suspended sentence to a real prison term in Moscow Russia

The team of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny on Sunday called for massive protests across Russian Federation next week to help save the life of the hunger-striking opposition leader, who doctors warn could die in a matter of days. "His condition is indeed critical", said a representative of the Doctors Alliance trade union, a group that the Russian government considers an opposition organization.

"Things are developing too quickly and too badly", they wrote in a statement on Navalny's website announcing their plans for nationwide protests.

The fate of 44-year-old Mr Navalny, one of President Vladimir Putin's most prominent critics, is adding to already acute strains in Russia's ties with the US.

A day after Navalny's doctors said Vladimir Putin's most prominent critic could die "any minute", US President Joe Biden's national security adviser said Washington had warned the Kremlin that it would be "held accountable by the worldwide community" if he died.

Both France and Germany on Sunday joined a growing worldwide chorus of protest at Navalny's treatment.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas meanwhile said, "We urgently demand that Alexei Navalny receive adequate medical treatment and access to doctors he trusts".

Supporters of Alexei Navalny stage a demonstration outside Downing Street in London, Britain, on 13 April, 2021.

"But I can say that Mr Navalny, he behaves like a hooligan", Kelin told the BBC.

National security adviser Jake Sullivan attempted to claim the Biden administration is taking a hard stance on Russian Federation over the imprisonment and mistreatment of Alexei Navalny.

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United States consulate said John Kerry will meet with his Chinese counterparts at a Shanghai hotel. He will be meeting his Chinese counterpart Xie Zhenhua, Reuters reported.

Volkov said Wednesday's rally - set for 7 p.m. local time - could become a decisive battle against "absolute evil" or Russia's last opposition rally for years to come.

Prison authorities say they have offered Navalny proper medical care, but that he has refused the treatment in favor of being treated by a doctor of his choice from outside the facility, a request that authorities have declined.

They have pledged to ensure he survives.

The daughter of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny called on Russian authorities on Sunday to allow a doctor to treat her father in prison, a day after a group of medical professionals warned he is at risk of kidney failure.

Navalny was arrested in January on returning to Russian Federation after recovering from a near-fatal poisoning attack he says was orchestrated by the Kremlin.

Last week, Russian Foreign Ministry's spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, said that the United States is making up "stories" about Navalny's detention conditions while the USA itself continues to violate the rights of prisoners.

Navalny's lawyer said he missed the meetings because he was in Germany while he recovered from being poisoned with the Novichok nerve agent.

Sentenced to two and a half years in prison for embezzlement, he began a hunger strike on March 31 demanding medical treatment for back pain and numbness to his hands and legs.

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