Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who has been on hunger strike for three weeks, is in critical condition and has not received medical treatment, his lawyers said today.
“He is very weak, it is difficult for him to sit and talk,” Olga Mihailova told reporters, adding that Navalny “did not receive adequate medical care” at the TB prison.
She asked Navalny to be rushed to a civilian hospital in Moscow to prevent him from dying.
The group of doctors led by Anastasia Vasilijeva, the personal doctor of the 44-year-old oppositionist, were not allowed to enter the hospital, as happened every time they tried to visit Navalny.
In a statement to the French press, Vasilijeva condemned the “complete disrespect”, recalling that “the doctor’s duty is to help the patient” and pointing out that it was a matter of “life” of the main opponent of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Navalny went on a hunger strike on March 31 to protest prison conditions, accusing the prison administration of not allowing him to see a doctor.
He was arrested in January after arriving in Russia after recovering from poisoning, after five months in Germany, which he blames on Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Navalny was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison for violating a 2014 suspended sentence by going to Germany for treatment.