Russian police detain supporters of Kremlin critic Navalny, including his doctor

Police officers detain the Alliance of Doctors union's leader Anastasia Vasilyeva at the prison colony IK-2 which stands out among Russian penitentiary facilities for its particularly strict regime in Pokrov in the Vladimir region 85 kilometers (53 mil

Police officers detain the Alliance of Doctors union's leader Anastasia Vasilyeva at the prison colony IK-2 which stands out among Russian penitentiary facilities for its particularly strict regime in Pokrov in the Vladimir region 85 kilometers (53 mil

Mr Kobzev, who visited Navalny on Wednesday, said on Twitter (in Russian): "Alexei is walking himself".

Reuters reported that Anastasiya Vasilyeva, who is an ally of Navalny and leads a doctors' union, was detained after she was turned away from the prison, where she said she had an appointment with a senior prison official and that she wanted to see Navalny to check on his health.

The 44-year-old opposition figure was immediately jailed in January on returning from Germany, where he spent months recovering from a near-fatal poisoning he claims was carried out on President Vladimir Putin's orders.

On Tuesday, several supporters who traveled to the prison to protest the lack of medical care were arrested by Russian police, including Anastasia Vasilyeva, head of the Russian Doctors' Alliance, and three other members of the group. Russian authorities have rejected the accusation.

In February, a Moscow judge sent Navalny to prison for 2 1/2 years over violating the terms of a 2014 conviction that the European Court of Human Rights later ruled was unfair. The facility in the town of Pokrov stands out among Russian penitentiaries for its especially strict inmate routines, which include standing at attention for hours.

Almost half of Russians say that Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny was rightly imprisoned for violating parole while recovering overseas from a poisoning attack, according to an independent survey published Monday. He went on a hunger strike on March 31, demanding access to proper medication and a visit from his doctor. "Here's our plan, to talk to the chief correctional officer, to talk to the prison medic, and to come up with a solution to provide treatment to Navalny so that he ends his hunger strike".

The Alliance of Doctors union's leader Anastasia Vasilyeva center in white arrives to the prison colony IK-2 which stands out among Russian penitentiary facilities for its particularly strict regime in Pokrov in the Vladimir region 85 kilometers (53

"He looks bad, he's not feeling well, ' lawyer Olga Mikhailova told AFP, adding Navalny now weighs 'around 176 pounds".

Amnesty International is weighing in on Alexei Navalny's prison conditions, and it isn't pulling punches. He had complained of a persistent cough and temperature.

In an Instagram post Monday, Navalny said three of the 15 people he is housed with have been diagnosed with tuberculosis, a contagious disease that spreads through the air.

Mikhailova said Wednesday that Navalny's fever had lowered, but he is still coughing and is weak from the hunger strike.

Half of Levada's respondents aged 18 to 24 said Navalny was imprisoned unjustly, compared with 19% of those aged 55 and over.

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