Alexey Navalny’s press secretary says he ‘dies’ as Russian prosecutors target his foundation

Navalny pictured at a hearing in February.

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Meanwhile, Navalny’s supporters claim his health is deteriorating rapidly. His press secretary said Navalny was “dying” and his doctors said medical tests showed he was at increasing risk of kidney failure and heart problems.

If approved, prosecutors’ decision could have serious consequences for Navalny’s team in Russia. Under Russian law, “extremist” organizations could be banned and liquidated, and activists who continue to work with them face prison terms of up to 10 years.

“Under cover of liberal slogans, these organizations are committed to creating the conditions for the destabilization of the social and socio-political situation,” the prosecution said in a statement on Friday.

The statement added that the objectives of opposition organizations are to encourage “color revolutions,” a reference to popular uprisings in former Soviet republics that Russia considers supported by Western governments.

“The real objectives of their activities are to create the conditions to change the foundations of the constitutional system, including using the ‘color revolution’ scenario. ”

Navalny continues his hunger strike

Doctors attending Navalny, an open critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, said on Twitter on Saturday that they had written a letter to the Russian Prison Service (FSIN) requesting access to Navalny.

They say the latest medical tests have shown he is at increasing risk of kidney failure and heart problems.

CNN is unable to independently verify Navalny’s state of health.

The letter shared on Twitter by a key ally of Navalny and head of a major opposition doctors’ union, Anastasia Vasilyeva, said Navalny’s doctors were seriously concerned about his current state of health.

“We urgently request the holding of negotiations and an urgent medical council with the medical staff of medical unit no.33 to discuss the diagnostic tests carried out and the treatment to be prescribed, as well as to remove the patient from the hospital. critical condition threatening fatal outcome, ”said a copy of the letter shared by Vasilyeva. “We are asking to be admitted to the examination of our patient, who has been observed for many years.” Earlier this week, FSIN told CNN in a statement that Navalny was treated from April 5 to 9 in a medical unit in Pokrov Penal Colony No.2 where he was being held. The statement said Navalny was transferred to his prison team due to an “improvement” in his state of health. Navalny said in a post on his official Instagram account on Friday that he was threatened with force-feeding as he continued on a hunger strike. Navalny said on Friday that his blood test results show his health is deteriorating. He was diagnosed with two hernias and is losing sensation in both hands, one of his lawyers, Olga Mikhailova, said in an interview with Russian media last week. He is on a hunger strike to protest the refusal of prison officials to give him access to proper medical care. The Kremlin said this week that it would not give him special treatment. CNN has asked the Russian Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN) for a statement on Navalny’s health. As President Joe Biden left the Wilmington Country Club in Delaware on Saturday, he was asked about Alexei Navalny’s status in prison. He told reporters it was “totally, totally unfair, totally inappropriate”.

Press attaché urges supporters to rally

Although Navalny is in jail, his team continued their work against corruption and organized protest rallies in support of the opposition figure.

Kyra Yarmysh, Navalny’s press secretary and assistant, calls on Navalny supporters to join a rally that was supposed to call for his freedom, but which is now “a condition for his life”.

Navalny says he continues his hunger strike despite high temperature and bad cough

Yarmysh said that “now Alexey is dying. In his condition, it’s a matter of days. And on the weekends, the lawyers just can’t join him, and no one knows what’s going to happen on Monday. “

In a Facebook post, she said a rally is “preparing to demand Alexey’s release. And it will be huge too. But I don’t want that to happen for other reasons. “

Yarmysh is under house arrest and has no access to electronic devices. His team said they published the message on his behalf. They said Yarmysh was still in communication with his lawyers and could pass on certain information and statements for release.

There is no date announced for the rally. Her team have said they will announce a date for the rally when they reach 500,000 signatures.

On Thursday, FBK released a new investigation into an official residence used by Putin near Lake Valdai northwest of Moscow which they say contains expensive interiors and a spa center not declared to Russian taxpayers. CNN cannot independently verify FBK’s claims.

The FBK in January published a widely seen investigation into what it claims to be a palace owned by Russian President Vladimir Putin on the Black Sea coast estimated at more than $ 1 billion. Putin denied that the palace belonged to him or to his family members and close associates.

Russia has designated other groups as “extremists”

In 2017, the Supreme Court of Russia banned Jehovah’s Witnesses as an “extremist organization”. Other groups labeled “extremists” include far-right and Islamist organizations.

Navalny’s organizations have already come under pressure from Russian authorities subjected to raids and searches, and in 2019 the Russian Justice Ministry designated FBK as a group of “foreign agents”.

“We know how to work under conditions of constant searches and frozen accounts, under conditions of administrative arrests and criminal proceedings. We have been building our political organization for ten years, have learned to survive under unthinkable pressure, to change, to be effective and to win in the most impossible situations ”, declared on Friday Ivan Zhdanov, director of the FBK, and Leonid Volkov, head of state. -major of Navalny.

“It is clear that the new attack on the Kremlin is linked to the upcoming rally and the September elections. So it is clear what the answer should be: organize a rally (maybe this is the last rally in the next few years), and win elections (this may be the last election for many years to come) ” , the statement continued.

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