Imprisoned Russian opposition chief Alexei Navalny has misplaced a considerable quantity of weight in custody, his organisation mentioned Thursday, a day after the well-known authorities critic known as a starvation strike to protest what he known as poor medical care.
A publish Thursday on Navalny”s channel within the Telegram messaging app mentioned he weighed 93 kilograms (204 kilos) when he arrived on the jail final month and now could be at 85 kilograms (187 kilos).
The assertion mentioned he blames the load loss totally on a harsh jail regime by which he’s woke up eight instances each night time.
Navalny is also complaining of extreme again pains which have unfold to at least one leg and says his different leg is numb. Jail authorities haven’t supplied correct drugs or allowed his physician to go to him, he mentioned Wednesday when asserting he was happening a starvation strike.
The 44-year-old Navalny, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s most outspoken home opponent, was arrested in January upon his return from Germany, the place he spent 5 months recovering from a nerve-agent poisoning that he blames on the Kremlin. Russian authorities have rejected the accusation.
Final month, Navalny was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in jail for violating the phrases of his probation throughout his convalescence in Germany. The sentence stems from a 2014 embezzlement conviction that Navalny has rejected as fabricated — and which the European Сourt of Human Rights has dominated to be illegal.
Navalny was moved this month from a Moscow jail to a penal colony within the Vladimir area, 85 kilometers (50 miles) east of the Russian capital. The power known as IK-2 stands out amongst Russian penitentiaries for its notably strict guidelines for inmates, which embody standing at consideration for hours.
Navalny’s nerve-agent poisoning and conviction have additional strained Russia’s ties with america and the European Union, which sank to post-Chilly Warfare lows after Moscow’s 2014 annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea, its meddling within the 2016 U.S. presidential election, hacking assaults and different actions.
Though Navalny’s physician has not been in a position to see him, his group mentioned the jail on Thursday gave entry to a crew from the Kremlin-funded satellite tv for pc TV channel RT led by Maria Butina, who was convicted of appearing as an unregistered overseas agent in america and served 18 months in jail.
It mentioned Butina declared the jail to be one in all Russia’s greatest and most comfy, after which Navalny denounced her as a “parasite” in entrance of different inmates.
RT didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.