The 44-year-old lawyers were finally allowed to visit him in prison on Thursday and one of them later said that Mr. Navalny has been ill for four weeks and requests for appropriate medication have been ignored by prison authorities.
Olga Mikhailova told Dozhd TV that Mr Navalny had an MRI but was not informed of the result, adding: “His state of health, of course, in my opinion, is extremely unfavorable, as he is in severe pain. in the back, in his right leg.
“His shin is removed, the leg is incapable, that is to say one leg hardly works, that is to say he cannot nor sit on it, nothing. The right leg is in terrible shape indeed. ”
In a statement released by his lawyers, Navalny said his requests to see a civilian doctor were denied and that he was deprived of sleep by prison guards, which he described as torture.
He is woken up every hour during the night because the authorities classify him as a risk of absconding.
Mr Navalny’s wife Yulia wrote on social media: “Anyone who knows Alexei knows he won’t complain until the very end. He will endure, try to cope, and joke.
“Alexei forbade us to talk about it so as not to appear to be complaining. ”
She said she asked a doctor to write down some exercises that her husband could use to relieve his pain, but the prison authorities did not allow her to pass them on to him.
“Putin has already told the whole country that he reads my appeals to him,” she said. “I therefore demand the immediate release of my husband, Alexei Navalny, whom he illegally pushed into prison.
“He pushed him to come in because he is afraid of political competition and wants to sit on the throne for the rest of his life.
“What is happening now is personal revenge and retaliation against a person, which is unfolding before our eyes. It should stop immediately. ”
The Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN) said Thursday that Navalny’s state of health “is considered stable and satisfactory, according to the results of the examination”.
Mr Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation responded to this on Twitter, saying: “Now we are really concerned – even the Federal Penitentiary Service cannot call Navalny’s condition ‘good’. ”
The dissident’s lawyers had struggled for days to visit him, each time being blocked by the prison authorities.
Earlier this week, a protest was announced calling for his release and organizers hope it will be one of the biggest anti-Kremlin protests Russia has seen.
Internationally, Foreign Ministers of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia wrote on Twitter that Mr Navalny’s health reports were “worrying”, adding: “Access to health care is a problem. fundamental right even of political prisoners.
“We call on the international community and (the leaders of the European Union) to speak up as well. ”
The Kremlin said it was not following developments and that the matter was up to the prison authorities.
Mr. Navalny is probably the most outspoken critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
It was arrested in January on his way back from Germany to Russia, where he spent five months recovery of what the doctors said was poisoning with a nerve agent.
Last month he was jailed for two and a half years for violating his probation terms while in Germany, but he said the charges were politically motivated.
The previous sentence comes from a 2014 embezzlement conviction which Navalny says is fabricated and which the European Court of Human Rights has called illegal.
Earlier in March, Navalny posted a note on social media saying he had arrived at a penal colony in Pokrov, Vladimir region, about 85 km east of Moscow, which he described as “a real concentration camp”.
A number of countries, including the United Kingdom, have called for his release but the russian government has dismissed this as interference in its internal affairs.