Protests continue in Russia over opposition leader Alexei Navalny. This time, the demonstrators said they were protesting against the ill-treatment of Navalny. Security measures in the prison were tightened ahead of the planned protest.
Alexei Navalny goes on a hunger strike in prison. He went on a hunger strike last week after he said authorities refused to treat him properly for severe back and leg pain.
Navalny’s group of allies says they will continue to protest near the town of Pokrov’s prison unless the opposition leader is examined by a doctor chosen by him and he receives appropriate treatment. However, the prison administration states that Navalny is in a satisfactory condition and has been provided with all necessary medical assistance.
Navalny said he continues to starve despite having high temperatures and coughing. Three other inmates in his cell were taken to a prison hospital with a diagnosis of tuberculosis.
The pro-Kremlin publication Izvestia quoted prison officials as saying that Navalny’s coronavirus had been confirmed. On Tuesday morning, police officers set up a special checkpoint 100 meters from the prison and blocked the entrance to the prison with metal detectors.
Alexei Navalny was arrested in January when he returned to Russia from Germany. In Europe he was treated after being poisoned in Siberia. German military doctors confirmed that he was poisoned with a nerve agent.
Western countries have repeatedly called on Russia to release him. Moscow considers such calls unacceptable interference in its internal affairs and says that there is no evidence of Navalny poisoning.