“I’ve the correct to name a health care provider and get medicines. They provide me neither one nor the opposite. The again ache has moved to the leg. Components of my proper leg and now of my left leg have misplaced sensitivity. Jokes apart, however that is already annoying,” Navalny stated.
Navalny knowledgeable the pinnacle of penal colony No.2 in Pokrov, within the Vladimir area, that he was occurring a starvation strike in a handwritten letter. Pictures of the letter had been shared by his crew on Instagram.
“I announce a starvation strike with a requirement for the regulation to be obeyed and that I am seen by a health care provider from outdoors. So I am hungry, however up to now I nonetheless have two legs,” Navalny stated within the Instagram put up.
Considered one of Navalny’s legal professionals stated final week the Russian opposition determine had been affected by acute again ache that had affected his capacity to stroll, and his situation was being exacerbated by alleged “torture by sleep deprivation.”
Navalny echoed these sentiments on Wednesday, saying he was being tortured. “As a substitute of medical help, I’m tortured with sleep deprivation (they wake me up 8 instances an evening), and the administration persuading the activist convicts (aka “goats”) to intimidate strange convicts in order that they don’t clear round my mattress,” Navalny stated.
A bunch of Russian docs began a web based petition not too long ago calling for jail authorities to permit Navalny to be handled by a health care provider from outdoors of the jail.
The Russian jail service stated in a press release on Wednesday that Navalny was receiving all of the medical care that he wants and was being handled similar to another convict.
“The process for organizing the supervision of convicts, together with that of A. Navalny, is carried out in accordance with the necessities of the present laws and applies to all convicts with out exception,” the assertion from the Russian Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN) for the Vladimir area stated.
“We additionally inform that convict A. Navalny is being supplied with all the mandatory medical help in accordance along with his present medical suggestions.”
The assertion additionally addressed Navalny’s allegations regarding sleep deprivation, saying jail employees “strictly observe the correct of all convicts to a steady eight-hour sleep. At night time, in accordance with the necessities of the regulation, workers make a detour of residential premises and conduct a visible verify of the presence of convicts within the sleeping locations. These measures don’t intrude with the remainder of the convicts.”
An outspoken authorities critic and anti-corruption crusader, Navalny has lengthy been a thorn in President Vladimir Putin’s aspect, prompting considerations for his security within the nation. The activist practically died after he was poisoned with the Novichok nerve agent final August.
Navalny was jailed earlier this yr for violating the probation phrases of a 2014 case during which he acquired a suspended sentence of three and a half years.
A Moscow courtroom took into consideration the 11 months Navalny had already spent underneath home arrest as a part of the choice and changed the rest of the suspended sentence with a jail time period final month.