MOSCOW: Russian prison officers are threatening to begin drive-feeding jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, his workforce stated Monday, after he misplaced eight kilograms (18 kilos) since beginning a starvation strike.
“Seeing the seriousness of the hunger strike, the administration is threatening every day to start force-feeding,” Navalny’s workforce stated in a put up on his Twitter account. It stated Navalny, who final week stated he had a cough and fever, had been transferred again to the prison barracks from its infirmary.
“They are still not allowing a doctor to see him,” it stated.
The 44-yr-previous opposition politician now weighed simply 77 kilograms (169 kilos), it stated, down from 85 kilograms (187 kilos) when he began the starvation strike on March 31.
Navalny, who’s 189 centimetres (six ft two inches) tall, had already misplaced vital weight in prison earlier than launching the starvation strike. He weighed 93 kilograms (205 kilos) when he entered the power in February.
The anti-corruption campaigner, who barely survived a poisoning with nerve agent Novichok final August, started refusing meals in protest at what he stated was a scarcity of correct medical remedy in prison for extreme again ache and numbness in his legs.
President Vladimir Putin‘s greatest-identified opponent, Navalny was arrested in mid-January when he returned to Russia from Germany, the place he had been handled for the poisoning, and was sentenced to two and a half years in prison on previous embezzlement fees in February.
Members of his defence workforce, who visited him in his penal colony within the city of Pokrov 100 kilometres (60 miles) east of Moscow final week, stated he was additionally shedding sensation in his arms.
‘Innocent man tortured’
Lawyer Olga Mikhailova stated that an MRT scan had proven that Navalny has two herniated discs in his again, in addition to a bulging disc.
On Monday, Russians throughout the nation have been celebrating the sixtieth anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s historic first spaceflight, and Navalny’s workforce urged Russians not to neglect the opposition politician’s plight regardless of the massive-scale commemorations.
“Yes, Cosmonautics Day is cool, of course,” ally Lyubov Sobol tweeted. “But an innocent man is being tortured in front of the whole country right now.”
Navalny’s attorneys and allies are demanding that he be transferred to a daily hospital. The Kremlin has stated that Navalny shouldn’t be entitled to any particular remedy.
Navalny has been a thorn within the Kremlin’s facet for a decade by probing corruption amongst officers and main giant protests all through Russia.
His workforce has launched a brand new marketing campaign in search of his launch and introduced plans to stage what they stated could be “modern Russia’s biggest protest.” The workforce stated they might set a date for the protest as soon as 500,000 supporters had registered with an internet site. As of Monday, almost 420,000 folks had signed up.