Alexeï Navalny could have cardiac arrest “from one minute to the next”

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Relatives of Alexeï Navalny said on Saturday that he could have cardiac arrest “from one minute to another”. The main Kremlin critic stopped eating on March 31 to protest his poor detention conditions, accusing the prison administration of denying him access to a doctor and medicine after suffering from a double hernia discale according to his lawyers.

The 44-year-old opponent’s personal doctor, Anastassia Vassilieva, and three other doctors including a cardiologist have requested immediate access to Mr Navalny, according to a letter to Russian prison services and posted on Ms Vassilieva’s Twitter account on Saturday.


According to her, the level of potassium concentration in Mr. Navalny’s blood has reached a “critical” level of 7.1 mmol / L (millimoles per liter), “which means both impaired kidney function and that of serious heart rhythm problems can occur from one minute to the next ”.

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“A patient with such a high potassium level should be observed in intensive care, as a fatal arrhythmia can develop at any time. Death by cardiac arrest ”, echoed cardiologist Iarolav Achikhmine on Facebook.

The spokesperson for the opponent, Kira Iarmych, for his part quoted on Twitter the doctor Alexandre Poloupane, who had already treated Mr. Navalny, saying that “it is a total indication of hospitalization. If the treatment does not start, he will die in the next few days ”.


Alexei Navalny barely survived a poisoning last year that had plunged him into a coma. He accused the Kremlin and the Russian security services of being responsible. Returning in January after five months of convalescence in Germany, the opponent was immediately arrested and sentenced to two and a half years in prison in a former fraud case that he denounces as a policy.

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His wife Yulia, who visited him earlier this week in his penal colony, said he now weighed 76 kg, nine lost since the start of his hunger strike. More than 70 personalities including Jude Law, Vanessa Redgrave and Benedict Cumberbatch called in a column published Friday evening in the French newspaper Le Monde to provide Alexeï Navalny with the necessary care. The Russian prosecution for its part asked on Friday that several organizations linked to Mr. Navalny be declared “extremists” and therefore banned in Russia.