“The state of well being of political prisoner Alexey Navalny threatens his life,” stated the letter, signed by 11 politicians representing a number of regional parliaments, as they demanded an impartial physician is straight away allowed to go to Navalny.
The opposition determine went on a starvation strike on March 31, demanding “correct medical care” and to be examined by an impartial physician — one thing his group claims he has been unable to get within the penal colony in Pokrov.
“We regard what is occurring in relation to Navalny as an try on the lifetime of a politician, dedicated out of private and political hatred,” the letter, which is open for Russian residents to signal, stated. It was first shared and circulated late Saturday evening.
“You, the President of the Russian Federation, personally bear accountability for the lifetime of Alexey Navalny on the territory of the Russian Federation, together with in jail services – [you bear this responsibility] to Navalny himself, to his relations, and to the entire world.” it stated, whereas additionally calling for a overview and cancellation of all Navalny’s prison instances.
The escalating state of affairs has led Navalny’s allies to announce rallies throughout Russia on April 21 in assist of him.
“Navalny is now within the colony, his life hanging on a thread,” Leonid Volkov, chief of Navalny’s employees, stated in a joint video with Ivan Zhdanov, the director of Alexey Navalny’s anti-corruption basis (FBK).
“He has been on a starvation strike for a number of weeks now, demanding medical consideration. His situation is crucial, and we have no idea how for much longer he can maintain out. However it’s clear that we wouldn’t have time,” he added within the video, which known as on residents throughout Russia to take to native central squares.
Russian ambassador to the UK Andrey Kelin instructed the BBC in an interview aired Sunday that Navalny is “behaving like a hooligan,” however might have an opportunity at being launched from jail early if he “behaves usually.”
He refused to elaborate on what would represent regular conduct.
When pressed by the BBC to reply whether or not the Russian authorities was ready to let Navalny die in jail, Kelin stated: “after all he won’t be allowed to die in jail. However I can say that Mr Navalny behaves like a hooligan, completely, in attempting to violate each rule that has been established. His public function via all of that’s to draw consideration, additionally by saying that immediately his left hand is sick, tomorrow his leg is sick and all of that stuff.”
Addressing critics that say Navalny shouldn’t be allowed to see his private physician, Kelin requested: “How about British prisoners? Do British prisoners request private docs?”
“[Navalny] has obtained the mandatory medical therapy and consider me, we are going to care for his medical therapy,” he added.
France’s International Minister stated on Sunday his nation was “extraordinarily apprehensive” about Navalny’s well being.
“I think about Mr. Navalny’s state of affairs extraordinarily worrying,” Jean-Yves Le Drian instructed public broadcaster France three. “I notice that there’s actually an authoritarian drift in Russia. The case of Mr. Navalny is probably the most symbolic, probably the most placing for the minds,” he added.
Martin Goillandeau contributed to this report.