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Russian activist Alexeï Navalny, incarcerated in a penal colony, was transferred on Monday to a prison hospital. On hunger strike for about three weeks, his state of health is deemed “satisfactory”, according to the prison service.
While several countries have expressed, in recent days, their concern about the fate of the imprisoned Kremlin opponent Alexeï Navalny, on hunger strike for about three weeks, the Russian prison services decided, Monday, April 19, to transfer him. to a prison hospital.
“A commission of doctors (…) has decided to transfer Alexey Navalny to a hospital unit for convicts which is located on the territory of penal colony No. 3 of the Vladimir region”, said the prison service from this region in a press release.
“Alexeï Navalny’s state of health is currently considered satisfactory, he is examined daily by a medical therapist,” he said. 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 since 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.
According to him, he has also been threatened with force-feeding, an option that the Russian authorities have in the event of refusal to feed a prisoner.
Monday’s announcements come as supporters of Alexei Navalny estimated this weekend that the opponent was in danger of dying at any time.
The Europeans, “very worried” for the health of the Russian opponent, demanded that Alexeï Navalny be hospitalized. EU foreign ministers are meeting by videoconference on Monday on the matter.
Germany and France 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.
Kremlin spokesman, for his part, rejected Western warnings about the state of health of the Russian opponent and claimed that he does not monitor the state of health of the opponent Russian. “We cannot accept such statements from representatives of other governments,” Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Monday, saying that this topic “should not be of interest” to them.