The lawyer of the Russian oppositionist Alexej Navalny worries about his well-being. The Kremlin opponent is in severe pain, but is not being properly cared for.
According to his supporters, the condition of the Kremlin opponent, Alexei Navalny, who was imprisoned in the prison camp, has deteriorated significantly. Lawyer Olga Mikhailova said Navalny recently complained of severe back pain and had suffered from numbness in his leg since this week. She was denied access to Navalny.
Navalny had been examined by a neurologist, but the doctor only gave him a pain reliever, but did not comment on the cause of the symptoms. “That was the whole treatment,” said Mikhailova. The painkiller did not help, his leg had been feeling numb since Tuesday. “I don’t know what’s wrong with him. He should be examined by a proper doctor,” she said.
Employee: “We don’t know where Alexej Navalny is”
Nawalny’s team was also extremely concerned. Leonid Volkov, his closest colleague, suggested that Navalny might have been moved to the prison’s infirmary, but that the administration wanted to keep it a secret. “We do not know where Alexei Navalny is and why they are hiding him from his lawyers,” wrote Volkov on Facebook. The opposition is the “personal prisoner, the personal hostage of Vladimir Putin; a dangerous, crazy murderer,” tweeted Volkov.
Most recently, to the horror of the Kremlin, US President Joe Biden answered yes to the question of whether he considered the Russian president to be a “killer”. “Vladimir Putin is personally responsible for the life and health of Alexei Navalny in the torture colony in Pokrov,” said Volkov.
Navalny’s life in danger?
Maria Pewtschich, director of investigations at Nawalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation, wrote on Twitter that “the rapid deterioration in his health is our greatest concern”. “We believe Nawalny’s life is in danger and we want his lawyers to have immediate access to him,” she added.
After an assassination attempt with the neurotoxin Novitschok, Navalny was treated in Germany. On his return on January 17, he was arrested at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport. Shortly thereafter, a Moscow court sentenced him to a prison camp. The reason: During his stay in Germany, he is said to have violated reporting requirements to the Russian authorities in previous criminal proceedings.
His last sentence of around two and a half years is now in the penal colony in Pokrov in the Vladimir region, around 100 kilometers east of Moscow. Navalny sees the detention as Putin’s revenge for surviving the chemical attack. The EU and the US have imposed sanctions on Russia and demanded the release of Navalny.