Russian Opposition Leader Alexei Navalny to be Hospitalized, Moved to Another Prison

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny will be admitted to a hospital during his third week of hunger strike, the Russian state penitentiary service said on Monday.

It also said in its Facebook post that the patient could die “at any moment.”

The Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN) said in a statement that Navalny, 44, had agreed to take vitamin therapy, but “an ally” cast doubt on that and the hospital transfer and said his lawyers should confirm both.

Navalny would be transferred to a hospital for convicts located in another penal colony in Vladimir.

However, his physician, Dr. Yaroslav Ashikhmin said that test results he received from the family showed him that there were “sharply elevated levels of potassium,” which could bring on cardiac arrest and heightened creatinine levels that indicate impaired kidneys.

Navalny went on hunger strike as his protest as they have refused to let his doctors visit him when he began to experience severe back pain and started to lose feeling in his legs.

Russia’s state penitentiary service meanwhile said that Navalny was receiving all the medical help he needs.


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