Navalny 'seriously ill,' moved to prison hospital: attorney

Source: The Hill | April 6, 2021 | Joseph Choi

Alexei Navalny’s lawyer said on Tuesday that the prominent Kremlin critic is “seriously ill” amid reports that he was transferred to a prison sick ward on Monday.

The Guardian reports that Olga Mikhailova, a lawyer for Navalny, said that members of his legal team saw him on Tuesday, saying he was “in rather bad condition.”

Navalny said in a note published on Monday that he had been coughing and had a temperature of 100.6 degrees. Other prisoners in his ward had already been treated for tuberculosis.

Navalny began a hunger strike last week in a bid to receive proper medical treatment, stating that he was experiencing pain in his back and legs while also losing sensation in parts of his body. He is currently being held in the IK-2 prison facility.

“He has lost a lot of weight, plus he has a strong cough and a temperature of 38.1C,” Mikhailova said on the Echo of Moscow radio station. “This man is seriously ill. It’s a complete outrage that the IK-2 [prison] has driven him to this condition.”

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