The Russian ambassador to London said in an interview with the BBC today: “Moscow will not allow Alexei Navani to die in prison.” At the time, Navani’s supporters were worried about his life because of illness and hunger strike. .
Ambassador Andre Kailin said: “Of course, we will not allow him to die in prison, but I can say that Navani acted like a hooligan, trying to undermine every rule that has been made.”
He accused the opposition leader of “wanting to attract attention” and complained that “one day he injured his left arm and another day his left leg.”
He said: “If he behaves normally, he is likely to be released sooner.”
Washington warned on Sunday that if Navani dies, there will be consequences for Russia, and the EU foreign ministers will discuss the case at a meeting on Monday.
Navalny’s supporters called on the Russians to protest on Sunday, April 21, and demanded that the authorities “save his life”.
Doctors close to Navani said on Saturday that they were worried that his heart would “fail” at any time.
Five months after the German poisoning incident accused by the Kremlin recovered, Navalny returned to Russia in January.
He was immediately arrested on suspicion of fraud and sentenced to two and a half years in prison.