Russian police today detained nine of his supporters, including a doctor who wanted to examine him, before the Kremlin critic Alexei Navani detained him in prison.
President Vladimir Putin’s famous opponent Navalny announced a hunger strike last week in protest against prison staff who refused to allow him to treat severe back and leg pain.
His supporters threatened that if Navalny was not allowed to see a doctor and take medication, he would protest in front of a prison in Pokrov, east of Moscow. The prison claimed that he was in satisfactory health and had received all necessary medical care.
Anastasia Vasilieva, an ally of Navani and the leader of the Medical League, is regarded by the authorities as an opposition radical. She said that she did not participate in the protests, but dated prison officials and wanted to Entered the agency to check Navani, but was refused. The police then arrested her and arrested her along with six other people, including several protesters and two CNN reporters.
“All our peace operations have not worked. They seem to want to kill Alexei,” Vasileva said as she took her away.
The police said nine people were arrested for violating public order. The authorities have strengthened prison security, allowing only employees to enter the parking lot, and set up temporary checkpoints and roadblocks.
Navalny announced late last night that he had a high fever and a severe cough. The three prisoners in his ward had been hospitalized for tuberculosis. Nevertheless, he announced the continuation of the hunger strike. The Kremlin declined to comment on his health, saying only that he will receive the same medical services as all other prisoners.