Moscow (Reuters)-The imprisoned Kremlin critic Alexei Navani said on Monday that he had a high temperature and a severe cough. Three of the 15 inmates in the Russian prison ward were receiving a tuberculosis hospital. treatment.
Navani, 44, a well-known critic of President Vladimir Putin, announced a hunger strike last week to protest what he said was the prison authorities’ refusal to provide him with appropriate medical services to treat acute back pain. And leg pain.
His allies said that unless he was examined by a doctor of his choice and given medicines they deem appropriate, they would conduct a rolling protest outside the prison on Tuesday.
The official media and some members of the prison supervision team accused him of falsifying his medical problems in order to attract public attention. Navalny and his allies deny this.
Navalny said Monday that the third person in his ward was taken to the hospital due to tuberculosis. He suffered from high temperature and cough, and joked that the disease might relieve him from other diseases.
“If I have tuberculosis, then maybe it will eliminate my back pain and numbness in my legs. That would be great,” he wrote on Instagram.
“I quoted the official statistics of today’s temperature measurement: “Navalny AA, severe cough, temperature 38.1,” he wrote on Instagram, adding that he plans to continue the hunger strike.
Temperatures above 38 degrees Celsius (100.58 degrees Fahrenheit) usually indicate fever caused by infection or disease.
Navalny’s lawyers regularly detain him and help him continue to post on social media.
The opposition politician was detained in the IK-2 Correctional Facility, 100 kilometers (60 miles) east of Moscow. The authorities did not immediately respond to requests for comment about the tuberculosis outbreak or Navalny’s temperature and cough.
They had previously said that his condition was satisfactory and had provided him with all necessary medical services.
Navani’s ally, doctor Anastasiya Vasilyeva confirmed that the protests are planned to take place on Tuesday.
Additional reporting by Vladmir Soldatkin and Polina Nikolskaya; Editing by Timothy Heritage