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Bloomberg News reported that Navalny’s strike comes at a time when the United States of America threatens Moscow to face unspecified “consequences” in the event of the death of the Russian dissident.
“They still do not allow civilian doctors to see him, he does not stop his hunger strike,” Leonid Volkov, Navalny’s closest aide, said Monday evening via the Telegram app, quoting lawyers who managed to visit the prominent Russian opposition figure for a few minutes.
Navalny, 44, has been on hunger strike for more than two weeks to demand medical care outside of prison to treat him from severe back and foot pain he has suffered since his detention early this year.
The local branch of the Federal Prison Service said in a statement on the Internet that he was in a reassuring condition and had agreed to “vitamin treatment” after his transfer to hospital.
The opposition politician’s case has become the latest point of contention in the growing tensions between Russia and the West.
The United States and Europe are pressing Russian President Vladimir Putin to ensure adequate medical care for Navalny, after aides warned over the weekend that he might be just days away from death.
Supporters of Navalny have called for protests across Russia on April 21, the day Putin is scheduled to deliver his annual State of the Nation Address, to press for his release.