Russian authorities decided to transfer opposition leader Alexey Navalny to a prison hospital after allies warned his health was deteriorating amid a hunger strike and the United States threatened the Kremlin with Unspecified “consequences” if he dies.
Navalny is in “satisfactory condition,” the local branch of the Federal Penitentiary Service said on Monday in a statement on its website. He has accepted “vitamin therapy” and is being checked daily by a doctor, he said.
The transfer means Navalny’s condition has “worsened so much that even the torture chamber admitThat’s it, ”Ivan Zhdanov, head of the activist’s Anti-Corruption Foundation, wrote on Twitter.
The 44-year-old state has become the latest flashpoint of growing tensions between Russia and the West. The United States and Europe are pressuring President Vladimir Putin to ensure proper medical treatment for Navalny, who went on a hunger strike in prison on March 31 to demand access to his personal doctors for sharp pain in the back and legs. Supporters of the opposition leader called for protests across Russia on April 21, the day Putin is due to deliver his annual State of the Nation address, after warning that the most outspoken critic of the Kremlin maybe only days after death.
Amid fears of more potential sanctions, the ruble was trading 0.4% weaker against the dollar at 12:13 p.m. in Moscow, the worst performing emerging market after the Indian rupee.
“We’re looking at a variety of different costs that we would impose, and I’m not going to telegraph that publicly at this point,” US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday. “But we have announced that there will be consequences if Mr. Navalny dies.”
Russia defiantly retaliated after the comments.
“It is obvious that the development of Russia as a sovereign and strong state is of no interest” to the West, said on Telegram on Monday Vyacheslav Volodin, speaker of the lower house of parliament and close ally of President Vladimir Putin . Russia should prepare for measures targeting its vital energy sector and industry, he said.
The prison service said that a commission of doctors made the decision to transfer Navalny to the hospital of the IK-3 high security prison in the city of Vladimir, about 190 kilometers (118 miles) from Moscow, “which specializes in the dynamic observation of these patients. He did not say whether the move had already taken place.
Navalny has been jailed since March 11 at another camp in the region for breaking parole rules while recovering in Germany from near-fatal poisoning in Siberia that he and Western governments attribute to the Kremlin. Russian authorities deny any involvement.
The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, called for the “immediate and unconditional release of the prisoner”. Navalny’s fate is in Putin’s hands, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Sunday, while German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas told the Bild daily that Berlin “urgently” demands that he is receiving adequate medical care.
Anastasia Vasilieva, who heads the Alliance of Doctors union which is backed by Navalny, released a copy of her blood test results showing what she said were “critical” levels of potassium. “This means kidney failure, which can lead to severe disruption of her heart rhythm at any time,” including the possibility of heart failure, she said on Twitter. She wrote on Monday that the IK-3 prison hospital he is being transferred to is not qualified to treat him.
In a post to his Instagram account on Friday, Navalny’s allies reported that a prison official warned him that a blood test indicated a “serious deterioration” in his health and that he would be force-fed if he did not. did not end the demonstration.
President Joe Biden on Thursday ordered a series of new sanctions against Russia, including restrictions on the purchase of new sovereign debt, in response to allegations that Moscow was behind a hack of SolarWinds Corp. and allegedly interfered with last year’s US elections.
Still, the measures have been calibrated to punish the Kremlin for its past behavior while preventing relations from deteriorating further, especially as tensions escalate over a surge of the Russian military near the Ukraine. Biden offered to meet with Putin later this year, an invitation to which Russia replied it had responded “positively.”
Asked about Navalny’s state of health on Saturday, Biden told reporters: “This is totally, totally unfair.”
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Biden insisted on Putin on Tuesday in a phone call about the opposition leader’s poisoning, which U.S. intelligence services publicly blamed on the Russian Federal Security Service. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron also asked Putin about Navalny in a phone call on March 30.
Macron called for “clear red lines” against Russia in an interview with CBS ‘Face the Nation on Sunday. “It is a failure of our collective credibility vis-à-vis Russia,” he declared.