Russian authorities have transferred prominent dissident, Alexei Navalny, to a prison hospital, while saying his health is “acceptable”.
FSIN prison authorities said that a doctor checks for Navalny on a daily basis and that he has agreed to take the vitamins.
Navalny was subjected to a nerve gas poisoning operation last August and nearly lost his life.
He was transferred to intensive care in a Berlin hospital, where toxicology experts concluded that he was poisoned by using “Novichok”, used as a Russian weapon.
Western governments blamed Russian authorities for the poisoning, while Navalny held President Vladimir Putin personally responsible. The Kremlin denied any involvement in the poisoning and questioned the conclusions about Novichok.
The Russian Interior Ministry has warned residents against organizing any movement supporting Navalny. Thousands of people took part in protests in support of him in January.
Navalny’s supporters called protest rallies on Wednesday, the day Putin delivers his “State of the Nation” speech.
The Ministry of the Interior said, “Any hostile acts in unauthorized public meetings, especially attempts to provoke clashes with the security forces, will be considered a threat to the public peace and will be suppressed immediately.”
Navalny’s doctors have warned that he will “die within days” unless he receives urgent treatment for his back pain and leg numbness.
Navalny had begun a hunger strike on 31 March to protest against being allowed to see his private medical supervisors. His doctors said his tests indicated that he might experience kidney failure or heart attack at any time.
Four doctors, including his physician, Anastasia Vasilyeva, wrote to prison officials, urgently asking for a chance to see Navalny.
In the message, posted by Vasilieva on her Twitter account, experts said that the level of potassium in Navalny’s blood had reached a critical level.
“This means kidney failure and a critical state of tachycardia may occur at any time.”
Usually, if the blood potassium level exceeds 6 mmol per liter, this requires immediate treatment. The results of Navalny’s blood tests obtained by his lawyers showed a level of 7.1, as stated in the letter.
The doctors urged the prison authorities to allow them to examine Navalny immediately “taking into account the results of the blood test and its poisoning.”
Russian Ambassador to London Andrei Kalin said in an interview with the BBC that Navalny is not in danger.
The ambassador added that the authorities would release Navalny, who is serving a prison sentence of two and a half years for good behavior.
Yulia Navalny’s wife said last week that her husband had lost 9 kg in weight and reached 76 kg, since he went on hunger strike.
Alexander Buluban, one of the doctors who treated Navalny after his poisoning, published a picture of the results of his blood test, and said it indicated that he needed urgent medical attention or else he would die within days.
Meanwhile, 70 writers, artists and academics signed a letter asking President Putin to secure adequate medical care for Navalny.
The letter was published in both the British newspaper The Economist and the French newspaper Le Monde. Among the signers were actors Jude Law, Ralph Fiennes and Benedict Cumberbatch, and Harry Potter author JK Rowling.
US President Joe Biden told reporters on Saturday that the treatment Navalny is receiving is unfair and inappropriate.
And US intelligence had concluded in March that Russian intelligence was behind the nerve gas poisoning of Navalny. The Biden administration imposed sanctions on senior officials in Russia, and Russia responded with similar measures.