The United States expressed concern about deteriorating health in prison of Russian opponent Alexei Navalny

The videos show Alexei Navalny in prison

The United States government was concerned on Wednesday about reports of deterioration in the health of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny in prison.

“We are concerned about reports that Mr Navalny’s health is deteriorating.”White House press secretary Jen Psaki said, adding that Washington sees the imprisonment of the opposition as “politically motivated and a great injustice.”

Navalny, 44, continues with cough and feverHis lawyer Olga Mijailova announced this on Wednesday after a visit to the center where he is still detained.

“As for his health, the day before yesterday he had a fever of 39, yesterday the temperature remained at a level of 38 and today it fluctuates between 37 and 37.2 degrees, while at the same time coughing,” said the lawyer, who has also detailed that Navalny still suffers back and leg pain, according to the Russian news agency Sputnik.

“Of course, he is exhausted because he continues his hunger strike and only drinks water. Of course the circumstances are very difficult, but it persists “, Mijailova qualified.

FILE PHOTO: A still image from a video recording shows Navalny in a dock during the announcement of a court decision in Moscow, Russia February 2, 2021 (Simonovsky District Court Press Service)

A group of doctors who had traveled to jail where Navalny is on a hunger strike for a few days to denounce their situation and ask an outside doctor warned on Tuesday that authorities are preventing them from reaching him, despite his health being presumably inadequate. deteriorated in recent days. His environment had already advanced that the opponent has severe back problems, a paralyzed leg, fever and cough.

“He looks bad and he doesn’t feel well. No one intends to cure him “, stated at the desk AFP Mijailova, who indicates that the opponent now weighs 80 kg, five less than when the hunger strike started; arriving at the prison camp in March, he weighed 93 kg.

Another of his lawyers, Vadim Kobzev, stated on Twitter that the opponent lost “a kilo every day” and that he feels pain when walking. “The disease is clearly progressing in terms of loss of sensation in the legs (…), in the hands”, wrote.

Navalny’s allies and relatives demand that he be taken to a hospital.

Navalny is imprisoned in Pokrov Camp No. 2, 100 km east of Moscow, which is said to be one of the toughest sentences in Russia (REUTERS / Maxim Shemetov)
Navalny is imprisoned in Pokrov Camp No. 2, 100 km east of Moscow, which is said to be one of the toughest sentences in Russia (REUTERS / Maxim Shemetov)

The Kremlin, meanwhile, has denied any discriminatory treatment of Navalny. “If it is a disease, the treatment will be provided at the appropriate level,” presidential spokesman Dimitri Peskov told reporters.

Navalny, who survived a poisoning in August 2020 for which he blamed Vladimir Putin’s government, was arrested on his return to Moscow in January and forced to serve the sentence handed down against him for fraud in 2014. Justice understood that he had violated the terms of his probation.

With information from AFP and EuropaPress

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