Navalny goes on hunger strike until he receives proper medical care

Navalny goes on hunger strike until he receives proper medical care


Leading Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny announced on Wednesday that he has been on hunger strike until he receives adequate medical attention to treat his severe back pain and numbness in his legs.

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Leading Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny announced on Wednesday that he has been on hunger strike until he receives adequate medical attention to treat his severe back pain and numbness in his legs.

Navalny said in an Instagram post on Wednesday that the back pain that numbed his right leg is now also causing his left leg to lose sensitivity.

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“I went on a hunger strike and demanded that the law be obeyed and that a visiting doctor be allowed to visit me,” the post said.

Last week, Navalny, who is serving a 2.5-year prison sentence, said he had a pinched nerve that had caused his right leg to go numb.

He also said that the guards wake him eight times a night to check him out, and he has to tell a video camera that he is still in his cell.

In his post on Wednesday, Navalny said that instead of receiving medical help, he was persistently “sleep deprived”.

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The Russian prison authorities said last week that Navalny’s health was in “satisfactory” condition after his lawyers and allies complained about his deterioration in wellbeing.

“According to the results of the investigation, his state of health was rated as stable and satisfactory,” the prison service told Russian news agencies.

Navalny is currently serving a 2.5-year prison sentence on old allegations of embezzlement and was arrested in January after returning to Russia from Germany.

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