Alexey Navalny announces he is going on hunger strike

“I have the right to call a doctor and get medications. They give me neither one nor the other. The back pain has moved to the leg. Parts of my right leg and now of my left leg have lost sensitivity. Jokes aside, but this is already annoying,” Navalny stated.

Navalny notified the head of chastening nest No.2 in Pokrov, in the Vladimir area, that he was going on an appetite strike in a handwritten letter. Pictures of the letter were shared by his group on Instagram.

“I announce a hunger strike with a demand for the law to be obeyed and that I’m seen by a doctor from outside. So I’m hungry, but so far I still have two legs,” Navalny stated in the Instagram post.

Among Navalny’s attorneys stated recently the Russian opposition figure had actually been struggling with severe neck and back pain that had actually impacted his capability to stroll, and his condition was being worsened by declared “torture by sleep deprivation.”

Navalny echoed these beliefs on Wednesday, stating he was being tortured. “Instead of medical assistance, I am tortured with sleep deprivation (they wake me up 8 times a night), and the administration persuading the activist convicts (aka “goats”) to intimidate ordinary convicts so that they do not clean around my bed,” Navalny stated.

A group of Russian physicians began an online petition just recently requiring jail authorities to enable Navalny to be dealt with by a physician from beyond the jail.

Alexey Navalny stands inside a glass cell during a court hearing in Moscow on February 20, 2021.

The Russian jail service stated in a declaration on Wednesday that Navalny was getting all the treatment that he requires and was being dealt with much like any other found guilty.

“The procedure for organizing the supervision of convicts, including that of A. Navalny, is carried out in accordance with the requirements of the current legislation and applies to all convicts without exception,” the declaration from the Russian Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN) for the Vladimir area stated.

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“We also inform that convict A. Navalny is being provided with all the necessary medical assistance in accordance with his current medical recommendations.”

The declaration likewise dealt with Navalny’s accusations worrying sleep deprivation, stating jail personnel “strictly observe the right of all convicts to a continuous eight-hour sleep. At night, in accordance with the requirements of the law, employees make a detour of residential premises and conduct a visual check of the presence of convicts in the sleeping places. These measures do not interfere with the rest of the convicts.”

An outspoken federal government critic and anti-corruption crusader, Navalny has long been a thorn in President Vladimir Putin’s side, triggering issues for his security in the nation. The activist almost passed away after he was poisoned with the Novichok nerve representative last August.

A joint examination by CNN and the group Bellingcat linked the Russian Security Service (FSB) in Navalny’s poisoning. Russia rejects participation, however numerous Western authorities and Navalny himself have actually honestly blamed the Kremlin. Navalny went back to Russia in January from a five-month remain in Germany, where he had actually been recuperating.

Navalny was imprisoned previously this year for breaching the probation regards to a 2014 case in which he got a suspended sentence of 3 and a half years.

A Moscow court considered the 11 months Navalny had actually currently invested under home arrest as part of the choice and changed the rest of the suspended sentence with a jail term last month.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.