Russian opponent Navalny threatened with force-feeding, supporters say

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Russian opponent Alexeï Navalny, on hunger strike in his penitentiary since March 31, is threatened with force-feeding by the authorities, his supporters announced on Monday.

It weighs 77 kg for 1 m 89, assured the account @navalny, affirming that the activist has lost 8 kg since the beginning of his action and 15 kg since his incarceration in February in the prison colony of Pokrov, a hundred kilometers from Moscow.

In view of the seriousness of the hunger strike, the (prison) administration threatens him daily to force-feed him, he continues.

Force-feeding a prisoner in Russia is allowed by law and can be done orally, rectally or by intubation. Such treatment is viewed by human rights activists as a form of torture.

Deprived of medical treatment

Alexeï Navalny, imprisoned for two and a half years because of a dark case of fraud widely seen as a pretext to imprison him despite denials by the Kremlin, stopped eating to denounce the conditions of his detention in the Pokrov colony .

He accuses the authorities of denying him adequate medical treatment for back problems that make him suffer and interfere with the functioning of his hands and legs. According to his lawyers, he has a double herniated disc.

In addition, the opponent says to be tortured by deprivation of sleep, his jailers waking him up every hour during the night.

A woman talks to a man in Russian uniform.

Anastasia Vasilyeva, member of the Alliance of Doctors medical union and Navalny's personal doctor, talks with a police officer at the entrance to the N2 penal colony, where Alexei Navalny was transferred to serve a two-and-a-half-year sentence of jail.

Photo: Getty Images / KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV

The Russian authorities, for their part, have dismissed all of Mr Navalny's accusations, believing that he was receiving the medical attention he needed.

He still does not have access to a doctor, assured once again Monday his official Twitter account.

According to this source, after several days in the infirmary due to a fever and a strong cough, he was also transferred to his usual barracks.

Innocent man being tortured in front of the whole country, reacted on Twitter Lioubov Sobol, a close friend of Alexeï Navalny.

The most notorious Kremlin critic survived poisoning with a nerve agent developed by the Soviet military last summer.

The opponent accuses President Vladimir Putin and his intelligence services (FSB) of having wanted to eliminate him, which the Russian authorities deny, refusing even so far to investigate the assassination attempt

According to European laboratories, Navalny was poisoned using a Novichok-type agent and the European Union adopted sanctions against senior Russian officials accordingly.

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On his return from Russia, after five months of convalescence in Germany, he was arrested on his arrival at Moscow airport, then quickly tried and sent to prison for violating a judicial review in a previous case.

Mr. Navalny specializes in corruption investigations targeting Mr. Putin and his entourage. He has millions of subscribers on social networks.

After his arrest, a protest movement was suppressed in January by the police, resulting in thousands of arrests.

Mr. Navalny's organization has planned further protest actions in the spring, but is waiting to have 500,000 participants registered on its site to announce a date. They were 420,000 on Monday.

His supporters are regularly searched and arrested.

On Monday, his team in Dagestan announced on social networks that their manager, Edouard Ataev, and one of his colleagues were unreachable and untraceable, the day after the opening of their branch in this Russian Caucasian republic.


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