/ 20 April 2021

Putin critic moved to prison hospital

After almost 3 weeks of a hunger strike and alarming assessments that he was close to death, imprisoned Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny has been shifted to a prison hospital, Russian officials said overnight. He’s been moved to a facility in a town called Vladimir, which seems like a cruel taunt… Protesting against inadequate medical treatment since he’s been behind bars, Navalny hadn’t eaten since 31 March. The US, UK and European nations warned Russia that it would be “held accountable by the international community” if he dies as his doctor predicted he would do if he didn’t receive attention. Several Russian politicians signed an open letter to President Vladimir Putin calling for Navalny to receive urgent medical attention and threatening widespread protest action. An outspoken Putin critic, Navalny was poisoned last year in an attack US intelligence says was ordered by Putin. The Kremlin has denied any involvement. He was jailed in February for old embezzlement charges, which he claims are politically motivated.

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