Navalny's team calls new protests: 'We don't have time'

Cornelia Mascio
Aprile 19, 2021

Doctors warned over the weekend that Navalny - now on hunger strike in a penal colony east of Moscow - could die "any minute", with his supporters calling for massive protests across Russian Federation on Wednesday evening, just hours after President Vladimir Putin delivers his state-of-the-nation address.

Their comments came a day after U.S. President Joe Biden said Navalny's plight was "totally, totally unfair, totally inappropriate".

The European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell on Sunday issued a statement expressing "deep concern" about Navalny's condition and demanding that the Kremlin grant immediate medical access to him.

According to his representatives Mr Navalny, an opponent of Russian leader Vladimir Putin, is facing an increasing risk of kidney failure and his vision is deteriorating after more than two weeks on hunger strike while in prison.

"It's time to act".

"A really tough final battle between normal people and absolute evil lies ahead", they said.

"But we have communicated that there will be consequences if Mr. Navalny dies", he added.

Sullivan added that Kremlin was told "that there will be consequences if Mr Navalny dies".

Authorities have ramped up pressure on Navalny's supporters in recent months, detaining more than 10,000 protesters at opposition demonstrations in January and February.

Russian Federation jailed Navalny for 2-1/2 years in February for parole violations he said were fabricated.

Alexei Navalny's doctors say he could be close to death unless he gets medical treatment.

He was arrested in January when he returned to Russian Federation from Germany, where he had been recovering from a nerve agent poisoning attack he blamed on Putin. The Kremlin denies the allegation.

Navalny, a critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, is serving a 2 1/2 prison sentence after he was found guilty of missing parole meetings.

Navalny said he was wa going on a hunger strike on March 31 in protest for not getting medical treatment.

"Our patient can die any minute", Ashikhmin said on Facebook on Saturday, pointing to the opposition politician's high potassium levels and saying Navalny should be moved to intensive care.

His personal physicians have not been allowed to see him in prison.

It comes after Yaroslav Ashikhmin, a doctor acting on behalf of Navalny's family, said test results received from the Russian penal colony where the activist is being held show risky levels of potassium in his blood along with signs of kidney failure.

"We urgently demand that Alexei Navalny receive adequate medical treatment and access to doctors he trusts. These have already been significant sanctions, but new ones may also be imposed", Le Drian said on Sunday as aired by France 3 broadcaster.

Navalny's doctors said his blood potassium levels were at 7.1 mmol (millimole) per liter - significantly higher than the 6.0 level which usually requires immediate treatment.

"Alexei is dying", Yarmysh said on Facebook.

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