The signatories include writers J.K. Rowling, Salman Rushdie and Martin Amis, actors Vanessa Redgrave and Jude Law, and musician Abba Bjorn Olpheus. The signatories to the letter say Navalny’s health is rapidly deteriorating and that he needs urgent medical attention. They noted that the opposition leader suffers from a serious nervous condition with constant back pain and suffers from a severe cough and high fever.
Navalny went on a hunger strike at the end of March because he had not received proper care for his complaints in prison. From the start, he lost 8 kilograms. In all, he would have lost 15 kilograms since he was imprisoned in a penal colony about 100 kilometers from Moscow. His lawyers say his health is rapidly deteriorating. Navalny wants to be examined by a doctor of his choice, but this is not allowed.
According to the Medical Syndicate, which has relations with Navalny, the opposition leader’s eyesight has deteriorated since he went on a hunger strike. He will also be more likely to develop kidney failure. A spokeswoman for the Doctors Alliance described Navalny’s condition as critical on Saturday. She said the union’s doctors had not examined Navalny themselves, but that the doctors’ coalition relied on test results obtained by lawyers from the opposition leader.
The Kremlin critic was sentenced to two and a half years in prison in February. The court ruled that he had violated the terms of his parole in a fraud case while living in Germany, where Navalny was being treated for poisoning. According to him, it was the work of the Kremlin.
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