“It is clear that his health is critical,” said Alexandra Zakarova, a spokeswoman for medical unions considered by Russian authorities to be part of the opposition. According to her, test results obtained by Navalny’s lawyers showed that the kidneys of one of the imprisoned politicians are nearing failure. “Then it will lead to other serious complications and ultimately heart failure,” she added.
And Agence France-Presse reported that Navalny’s doctor, Anastasia Vasilgievova, also confirmed the risk of serious health complications. According to her, the tests showed high levels of potassium in the blood. Cardiologist Jaroslaw Ashichimin explained: “A patient of this level should be hospitalized in intensive care, because fatal arrhythmias can occur at any time.” Other doctors who have taken care of Navalny Health also agree on the need for hospitalization.
The prison refuses treatment outside the facility
On Friday, Navalny said the prison leadership had threatened to introduce artificial feeding if he did not interrupt his protest. Navalny was sentenced in February to two and a half years in prison for embezzlement, but this is believed to be a pretext for putting the opposition behind bars. A Russian opposition leader complaining of severe back and leg pain went on hunger strike in late March to protest his lack of adequate medical care.
The prison administration claims to have provided Nafalni with adequate medical care. According to Navalny’s leadership, he insists he should be treated outside the facility. But the authorities refuse.
On Friday, 80 internationals, including writers Joan K. Rowling and Salman Rushdie, sent a letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin urging Navalny to receive appropriate treatment.