Pokrov, Russia-The harsh treatment received in prison by the leader of the Russian opposition, Aleksei A. Navalny, poses a fatal risk to his health. Subsequently, the doctor was arrested along with several reporters.
Navalny is an outstanding political opponent of President Vladimir V. Putin. He is 44 years old. He survived last summer after being poisoned by a military nerve agent. The Western government called on the Kremlin for an attempted assassination.
In January, he voluntarily returned to Russia after receiving treatment in Germany. Upon arrival, he was arrested at the airport on suspicion of parole, which was related to probation in 201
According to his social media reports, in recent weeks, Mr. Navani has suffered back pain and numbness in his legs. The information was published under his name with the message he had communicated to the lawyer. Lawyers said in a recent interview that they suspect that these conditions are lingering symptoms of poisoning or the result of a herniated spine.
Mr. Navalny is also going on a hunger strike now, because his social media reports stated that prison officials did not provide him with adequate medical services.
In addition, prison doctors said on Monday that Mr. Navani showed signs of respiratory illness. According to official media reports, they transferred him to a nursing home on the grounds of his criminal colony, where he was sentenced to more than two years in prison for breach of parole.
Mr. Navani’s body temperature rose to 100.5 degrees Fahrenheit, and he has said on social media that he has a severe cough.
Coronavirus is a very obvious possibility. It is well known that this kind of coronavirus can easily spread in prison, but has not yet been diagnosed. The Izvestia newspaper reported that the authorities had tested Mr. Navalny for the virus. Navani said on social media that he suspects tuberculosis is a common infectious disease in Russian prisons.
His personal doctor, Anastasia Vasilyeva, told reporters on Tuesday, “Her health, tomorrow’s health will be greatly troubled.”
She said at a checkpoint on a muddy road outside Pokrov Prison about 60 miles east of Moscow: “I understand very clearly from his current symptoms that it can cause very serious illness and even death. “After the guard refused her request to inspect Mr. Navani. “This is a crazy violation of human rights.”
Hope to deny access. Ms. Vasilyeva leads a political opposition medical staff organization, the Doctors Union. She appeared outside the prison with about six doctors to prove that the authorities refused to give treatment to specialists.
Their white dresses flapped in the icy wind, and the doctors wandered around in the desolate place.
The second penal colony prison in the Vladimir region is surrounded by frozen swamps. The doctors said they planned to conduct regular protests at the location with the barbed wire coiled on the prison wall until Navani received proper treatment. The prison authorities said they provided adequate care.
Vasilyeva said: “We are not going to step down.” “We will come tomorrow and the day after tomorrow. We won’t understand Aleksei until they let us in.”
However, after the action was taken on Tuesday, the police detained Ms. Vasilyeva, several other doctors and journalists including CNN reporter Matthew Chance. Mr. Chance was later released.
After chemical weapons poisoning, Mr. Navani was evacuated to Germany for treatment. The German government said it has found traces of Novichok, a peculiar nerve agent that can be fatal and is known to be manufactured only in Russia and previously in the Soviet Union.
According to the British government, the poison was also used to assassinate double agent Sergei Skripal in the UK in 2018.
Ivan Tumanov, the head of Mr. Navani’s movement in the Vladimir region, said in an interview on Tuesday: “There is nothing difficult to understand here.” “Putin wants Navani to die. So he didn’t allow doctors to visit.”
Supporters say that the prison authorities have also taken small-scale harassment operations. A Navalny spokesperson said on Tuesday that Mr. Navalny nearby is now on a hunger strike and they have been roasting chicken.
Mr. Navani’s team suggested that the main concern now is tuberculosis. Although this disease has mostly become a threat in the past in developed countries and can be treated with antibiotics in its usual form, it is a lingering killer in Russian prisons.
Thin, exhausted people are flooding TB wards. The harsh conditions gave birth to new strains unique to the Russian penal colonies, which have warned global health experts over the years.
In order to avoid spending more time in the prison to avoid the violent behavior of other prisoners, prisoners sometimes deliberately get sick or refuse to receive all antibiotic treatments or exchange saliva to prolong the time of illness.
Infectious disease experts say that the result is the spread of various types of tuberculosis that are resistant to antibiotics.
Mr. Navani’s social media account said Monday that three prisoners in his barracks had been hospitalized with tuberculosis.