Russian prison services decided on Monday to transfer Russian opponent Alexei Navalny, who has been on hunger strike for about three weeks, to a prison hospital. However, they considered his state of health to be “satisfactory”. According to the same source, “with the patient’s agreement, he was prescribed vitamin therapy.”
The state of health of the opponent, who according to his supporters risks serious heart and kidney problems that can lead to death, is all the more worrying as he survived a poisoning by a neurotoxic substance.
Alexeï Navalny, who announced that he had stopped eating on March 31 to denounce his treatment in prison and in particular the fact that he was not treated for severe back pain, had indicated on social networks that he was not consuming only water.
Risk of death
According to him, he has also been threatened with force-feeding, an option the Russian authorities have if they refuse to feed a prisoner. Monday’s announcements come as supporters of Alexei Navalny estimated this weekend that the opponent risked death at any time.
The Europeans, “very worried” for the health of the Russian opponent, demanded that Alexeï Navalny be hospitalized. Germany and France have insisted on “adequate medical treatment” by doctors having “the confidence” of Alexei Navalny and demanded his immediate release. Washington warned on Sunday that there would be “consequences” for Moscow if Alexei Navalny died.