Alexei Navalny goes on hunger strike to protest his jail sentence days after claiming he was reprimanded for ‘waking up ten minutes early’ and ‘wearing a T-shirt’
- Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, 44, has announced that he is on a hunger strike
- A post on his Instagram account showed a handwritten letter from Navalny
- His hunger strike follows claims that guards woke him up eight times a night
- He previously alleged that prison guards ignored his requests for medical attention
Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny has announced that he is on a hunger strike to protest the conditions he is experiencing in prison that are starting to cause him health problems.
A new post shared on Navalny’s Instagram discussed the back pain he suffered with, which has now also developed into pain in both his legs.
Despite Navalny’s pleas to see a doctor, prison authorities, after examining him last week, stated that his condition was stable and satisfactory.
His latest Instagram post consists of a letter he wrote asking Navalny, 44, why prisoners go on hunger strikes before confirming he had started one himself.
Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny (pictured, in 2020) announced he is on hunger strike to protest the conditions he is experiencing in prison that are starting to cause him health problems
In one of the most recent posts published on his account, Navalny describes how he went on a hunger strike to demand that he see a doctor to treat him for his back and leg pain.
In the post, shared by his team, Navalny said, “I have the right to call a doctor and get medicine. They don’t give me one or the other. The back pain has moved to the leg. Areas of the right leg and now the left leg have lost sensitivity.
“Jokes aside, but this is annoying.”
He also reiterated his claims that his requests for medical attention were ignored by prison guards and that he was ‘tortured’ with sleep deprivation with guards waking him eight times a night.
Navalny also alleged that other inmates are being intimidated for not cleaning the areas around his bed.
“Well, that’s what to do?” he asked. “I went on a hunger strike and demanded that the law be obeyed and that a visiting doctor be allowed to see me. So I’m hungry, but so far with two legs. ‘
Earlier this week, Navalny warned that he may be locked up in solitary confinement after being charged with numerous minor offenses in prison.
Navalny is serving a two and a half year sentence for violating his parole in a 2014 fraud case.
In a post to Instagram uploaded through his lawyers on Monday, Navalny shared a photo of himself from prison – a grainy image showing his head had been shaved.
In a previous Instagram post, Navalny said he could be locked up in solitary confinement after being charged with numerous minor offenses in prison.
More than 20 medical professionals published an open letter on Sunday demanding that the 44-year-old opposition politician receive proper care.
‘We fear the worst. Leaving a patient in this condition … can have serious consequences, including irreversible, complete or partial loss of lower limb function, ” the letter said.
He said in the same post that he had received six reprimands in two weeks in the penal colony IK-2, 100 km east of Moscow. Two reprimands are technical enough to be sent to a punishment cell, he said.
“It’s an unpleasant joke,” wrote Navalny. ‘The circumstances there [in solitary] its almost torture. ‘
Navalny, 44, is serving a two-and-a-half-year sentence for violating his parole in a 2014 fraud case in the IK-2 corrective penal colony, 100 km east of Moscow [File photo]
The reprimand makes Navalny ineligible for parole, his lawyers said Thursday.
The prison did not immediately respond to a request from Reuters news agency for comment.
He was arrested when he returned to Russia from Germany in January, where he was recovering from what doctors say was nerve poisoning.
The West, including the European Court of Human Rights, has demanded that Russia release Navalny.