Today, Saturday, the President of the United States, Joe Biden, considered the situation of Russian opponent Alexei Navalny, who is imprisoned, ill and on hunger strike.
“It is totally unfair and totally unfair,” Biden told reporters, who questioned him about the situation of the Kremlin’s main opponent, who stopped eating on March 31 to protest against the poor conditions in which he was being held, accusing the prison services. Denying him a visit to a doctor and medication despite suffering from a herniated disc, according to his lawyer.
Alexei Navalny, 44, barely survived, in 2020, from poisoning with a neurotoxic agent that left him in a coma. The opponent accused the Kremlin and the Russian security services of responsibility for the poisoning, which he denied. And demanded doctors close to the Russian opponent, today, to allow them to see Alexei Navalny immediately, for fear of suffering a fatal heart attack “from moment to moment.”
Alexei Navalny’s personal physician, Anastasia Vasilieva, and three other doctors, including a cardiologist, requested immediate access to the detainee, according to a letter sent to the Russian Prison Service published today on the doctor’s Twitter account.
According to the doctor, the level of potassium concentration in Alexei Navalny’s blood has reached a “critical” level, so the kidney function is at risk and heart rhythm problems can occur at any time.
“A patient with high levels of potassium should be seen in intensive care, as fatal arrhythmias can occur at any time. Death from cardiac arrest,” wrote cardiologist Erolav Eschimen on his Facebook account.
After returning to Russia in January from Germany, after five months of recovery, Alexei Navalny was arrested immediately and sentenced to two and a half years in prison over an old fraud case he denounced as a political case.
Members of the opponent’s family announced that they were preparing for a large demonstration and called on residents to join.
In an opinion piece published in the French newspaper Le Monde, more than 70 celebrities called for Alexei Navalny to receive the necessary care.
On Friday, the Russian Prosecutor’s Office called for several organizations associated with Alexei Navalny to be declared “extremist” and banned in Russia.
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