The Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been on a hunger strike since the end of March, and supporters complain about his poor condition. The Foreign Office wants him to be released from the prison camp.
The Foreign Office has demanded the release of the sick Russian opposition activist Alexej Navalny. “Mr. Navalny is now illegally and contrary to a decision of the European Court of Human Rights imprisoned in a prison camp,” said a spokesman for the Foreign Ministry on Wednesday in Berlin. “Our expectation is very clear that Mr. Navalny will be released.” He described reports of the Kremlin critic’s poor health as “worrying”.
The human rights organization Amnesty International also called for Nawalny’s immediate release. His imprisonment was “arbitrarily and politically motivated,” said the Amnesty Secretary General in Germany, Markus N. Beeko, in Berlin on Wednesday. “The conditions in the prison camp and his state of health are very worrying.” The Russian authorities would have to give him access to doctors whom Navalny trusts immediately.
The foreign policy spokesman for the FDP parliamentary group in the Bundestag, Bijan Djir-Sarai, also spoke out in favor of Nawalny’s release from prison. “Germany and the European Union must now increase the pressure on Russia much more,” he said on Wednesday.
Lawyer: Navalny also loses the feeling in his hands
According to his lawyer, the health of the Kremlin opponent Alexei Navalny continued to deteriorate on Wednesday. Olga Mikhailova told the independent Internet television broadcaster Doschd that he was now losing the feeling in his hands. The opposition had previously complained of severe back pain and paralysis in one leg, as well as a cough. At an MRT examination In addition, two hernias were diagnosed – a so-called abdominal wall hernia.
“He is of course exhausted because he is on hunger strike and only drinks water,” said Mikhailova. However, his fever has fallen – from 39 degrees on Monday to 37.2 degrees. Navalny’s other lawyer, Wadim Kobsew, wrote on Twitter: “Alexei walks alone, has pain when walking.” He lost a kilogram of body weight every day. “What the prison camp administration is currently doing is just getting him off the hunger strike.”
According to his lawyers, the 44-year-old is still in a medical department at the camp. Navalny reported on Instagram on Monday that three of his fellow prisoners had been taken to hospital for tuberculosis.
On Tuesday, Russian doctors unsuccessfully requested access to Navalny from the penal camp in Pokrov, around 100 kilometers east of Moscow. The doctors of the independent alliance of doctors have now called for an end to the torture and the release of Navalny, who only barely survived a murder attack with the neurotoxin Novichok in the summer. He was sentenced to several years in a prison camp in February in a much-criticized trial.
Imprisoned in one of the toughest camps in Russia
The Kremlin critic, imprisoned in Pokrov prison camp, went on a hunger strike at the end of March to protest his lack of medical care. The 44-year-old says he suffers from pain, severe cough and fever. Pokrov is considered to be one of the toughest penal camps in Russia.
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) had already demanded Nawalny’s release in February because he saw the life of the opposition in danger. However, Russia refused.
Navalny was hospitalized in Germany after being poisoned in Russia last year, but was immediately arrested on his return to Moscow and then sentenced to prison. The opposition member blames the Russian secret service and the Kremlin for the poison attack.