MOSCOW – The Russian state prison service said on Monday that a decision has been made to transfer jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who is in the third week of a hunger strike, to a hospital.
The announcement comes two days after Navalny’s doctor said his health was deteriorating rapidly and the 44-year-old Kremlin critic could be on the brink of death.
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The state prison service, FSIN, said in a statement that Navalny would be transferred to a convicts hospital located in another penal colony in Vladimir, a town 180 kilometers east of Moscow. According to the statement, Navalny’s condition is considered “satisfactory” and he has agreed to take vitamin supplements.
Navalny’s doctor, Yaroslav Ashikhmin, said on Saturday that test results he received from Navalny’s family showed him very high potassium levels, which can lead to cardiac arrest, and high creatinine levels indicating kidney failure.
Navalny went on a hunger strike to protest his refusal to let his doctors visit him when he began to experience severe back pain and loss of sensation in his legs. The Russian state prison service said Navalny was receiving all the medical help he needed.
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Responding to alarming news about Navalny’s health over the weekend, his allies called for a nationwide rally on Wednesday, the same day President Vladimir Putin is due to deliver his annual State of the Nation address.
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