Alexei Navalny’s doctor: Putin critic ‘could die at any moment’

Source BBC

Navalny, who has been complaining about severe back and leg pain, went on a hunger strike at the end of March, after being denied a visit by a doctor of his own choice.

Navalny was ordered to serve 2 1/2 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 Navalny says was politically motivated.

And one of those doctors, cardiologist Yaroslav Ashikhmin, wrote on Facebook that "Our patient can die any minute", The Guardian reported.

Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny is seen in a still image from video in Germany. Navalny blames the poisoning on the Kremlin.

Navalny was arrested on January 17 when he returned to Russian Federation from Germany, where he had spent five months recovering from Soviet nerve-agent poisoning that he blames on the Kremlin. His doctors say his hunger strike might have exacerbated his condition.

Having blood potassium levels higher than 6.0 mmol (millimole) per litre usually requires immediate treatment.

Mr Navalny said on Friday that prison authorities had threatened to put him in a straightjacket to force-feed him unless he abandoned his hunger strike.

She said union members hadn't examined Navalny but had received the tests from his lawyers, per Reuters.

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Navalny's spokeswoman Kira Yarmysh, who accompanied him when he collapsed on a plane after the poisoning in August, said the situation was critical again.

FILE: Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny gestures during a hearing on his charges for defamation in the Babuskinsky District Court in Moscow, Russia, Feb. 16, 2021. "In his condition, it is a matter of days".

The prison has prevented Navalny's personal doctors from seeing him.

More than 70 prominent worldwide writers, artists and academics, including Jude Law, Vanessa Redgrave and Benedict Cumberbatch, have called on Putin to ensure that Navalny receives proper treatment immediately.

The open letter was published in Le Monde newspaper in France, The Economist, La Repubblica in Italy and Der Spiegel.

Navalny's team had earlier announced plans to stage what they said would be "modern Russia's biggest protest".

A group of opposition regional lawmakers also called on Putin on Saturday to make sure Navalny is properly treated.

Navalny is President Vladimir Putin's most prominent opponent and the street protests are to be held just hours after the Kremlin chief is set to deliver his long-awaited state of nation address on Wednesday.

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