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World Navalny urged to end hunger strike immediately

02:45  23 april  2021
02:45  23 april  2021 Source:   bbc.com

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Doctors of jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny have urged him to immediately end his hunger strike , warning that otherwise he could die. In a statement, the five say they have been shown the results of his medical tests conducted on 20 April. "If the hunger strike continues even for a minimal amount of time, unfortunately, we will simply have no-one to treat soon," they say. Thousands of Russians rallied on Wednesday demanding Navalny be freed.

If Navalny perseveres with his hunger strike he will die, doctors have warned. Meanwhile, the opposition leader has been brought up to speed with the protests across Russia, which has filled him with "hope." Protesters have called for Navalny 's release while his doctors have urged him to call off his hunger strike . Alexei Navalny 's medical team on Thursday urged him to " immediately " bring an end to his hunger strike as the jailed Kremlin critic said he was full of "pride and hope" after nationwide protests in his name.

Doctors of jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny have urged him to immediately end his hunger strike, warning that otherwise he could die.

In a statement, the five say they have been shown the results of his medical tests conducted on 20 April.

"If the hunger strike continues even for a minimal amount of time, unfortunately, we will simply have no-one to treat soon," they say.

Thousands of Russians rallied on Wednesday demanding Navalny be freed.

a man standing in front of a large crowd of people: The largest rally was in Moscow on Wednesday where thousands defied police warnings © AFP The largest rally was in Moscow on Wednesday where thousands defied police warnings

More than 1,000 people were arrested in a number of cities including the capital Moscow, according to Russia's monitoring group OVD-Info.

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A medical trade union leader and ally of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny said on Thursday she and her group were asking the jailed opposition politician to call off his hunger strike . "To continue it would be dangerous for his life and health," Anastasia Vasilyeva told Reuters. "We very much hope Alexei will end the hunger strike tomorrow." Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.

Meanwhile, Navalny 's doctors urged him to “ immediately ” end a prison hunger strike now in its fourth week “to save his life and health.” And a top aide said Wednesday night’s protests seemed to have brought a compromise from Russian authorities on getting Navalny the medical help he had demanded when launching the hunger strike .

Navalny, 44, was jailed in February and is demanding medical attention for acute back pain and leg numbness. He's been on hunger strike for more than 20 days.

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What did the doctors say?

The doctors' statement (in Russian) was published on the Mediazona website on Thursday.


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The doctors, who have been denied access to Navalny, say their conclusions are based on the results of Tuesday's medical tests - described as more or less independent. The tests were carried out at a hospital in the city of Vladimir, just east of Moscow.

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They are calling for Navalny , who has been on hunger strike for weeks, to receive proper medical care. More than 1,000 people were reportedly arrested. Navalny , 44, was jailed in February and is demanding medical attention for acute back pain and leg numbness. "Any aggressive actions by participants in unauthorised public meetings, especially attempts to provoke clashes with law enforcement officials, will be regarded as a threat to public safety and immediately suppressed," the interior ministry said earlier this week. In Moscow, riot police urged people to leave the protest area

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The doctors - who had treated the opposition leader before he was jailed - warn that problems with Navalny's kidneys and nervous system suggest he would die if the hunger strike goes on even for a little longer.

The physicians say Navalny should "immediately halt the hunger strike to preserve your life and health".

They are also demanding to be given access to their patient.

The Russian authorities have not publicly commented on the doctors' statement.

'Skeleton staggering round his cell'

On Monday, Navalny was moved to a prison hospital where the authorities said his condition was "satisfactory".

The FSIN prison service added that he was being examined by a doctor daily and had agreed to take vitamins.

In an Instagram post (in Russian) earlier this week, Navalny told his followers: "You'd laugh if you could see me now. A skeleton staggering round his cell."

Western countries say Navalny was poisoned with a nerve agent last August and only narrowly survived. After his transfer to intensive care in Berlin, toxicologists concluded that the poison was Russian weapons-grade Novichok.

The West blamed the Russian state for the attack, and Navalny accused President Vladimir Putin directly. The Kremlin denied any involvement and disputed the conclusion about Novichok.

Navalny was jailed in February for violating the terms of a 2014 suspended sentence for fraud. He says the case is politically motivated.

The US has warned Russia there will be "consequences" if Navalny dies in jail.

Alexei Navalny calls himself a 'skeleton' in post-hunger strike court appearance .
Imprisoned Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny made an appearance in a Moscow court Thursday, his first since the dissident ended a hunger strike undertaken in demand of better medical care in prison. © Provided by Washington Examiner Navalny appeared virtually at his appeal after being convicted in February on defamation charges for insulting a Russian World War II veteran. A judge upheld the defamation conviction in the hearing, which Navalny used to speak about his condition following the strike and to criticize the Russian government.

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