Pro-Kremlin TV station broadcasts video claiming Putin enemy Alexei Navalny is walking around in prison trying to reveal his ‘lies’ that he needs urgent medical attention
- Navalny went on hunger strike this week, claiming that guards are depriving him of sleep
- Opposition leader says he has been denied a doctor’s visit for acute leg and back pain
- But CCTV claims to let him roam freely in his prison wing
- Pro-Kremlin media alleges that Navalny, 44, is arguing with one of the guards
A pro-Kremlin TV station has broadcast a video claiming Alexei Navalny is walking around in prison trying to reveal his ‘lies’ that he needs urgent medical attention.
The opposition leader went on a hunger strike in prison this week, saying that guards are denying him sleep by waking him up eight times a night and denying him a doctor’s visit for acute back and leg pain.
He claims to have lost more than 17 pounds before starting to refuse food.
But the CCTV claims to show him, with a shaved head, walking around freely and ‘arguing’ with a security guard on March 26.
The images were broadcast by pro-Kremlin Life media and, if genuine, could only be released with the highest level consent.
Pro-Kremlin media said the footage shows Alexei Navalny, 44, arguing with a prison guard while other inmates are surrounding them. Comes after Navalny’s claims he went on hunger strike after being denied medical treatment for acute pain
In the footage claiming to show Navalny, he walks around with his cup in his hand while appearing to be talking to a prison guard wearing a blue camouflage uniform.
The report claimed that Navalny projected an image of himself as a ‘martyr’, but the images show that his condition is ‘very different from what he’s complaining about’.
The propaganda outlet said: ‘Viewed from the video of the penal colony – and conversations with knowledgeable interlocutors – convince us that Alexei Navalny is not a sick sufferer for the Democratic faith, but a brutal simulator who also managed to pick up on the habits of thieves . ‘
The video, it claims, shows the convict walking through Pokrov Prison “with a calm, confident gait and a cup of tea in his hands.”
That same day, he had posted on social media that it was “ difficult and painful to get out of bed, ” and that he couldn’t feel his right leg, Life said.
Judging by the video, “he doesn’t feel remorse or fear that his lies will be revealed.”
His pose ‘with his hand in his pocket’ does not show him as a ‘persecuted opposition leader’ as depicted in the West, but his sense of ‘superiority over the uniformed guard’ and other prisoners.
Navalny is seen in a huge cell that, according to Life, currently houses 16 inmates and has many empty bunk beds.
Footage allegedly showing Navalny walking unaided around his prison wing
Leaked details of his prison show he received six reprimands on March 29, Life said.
The leak appeared to be a blow against Western leaders’ pressure on Vladimir Putin to release him.
Life claims cellmates receive money believed to be from Navalny supporters – or the West – as a way of making them act as his ‘servants’ in the colony in the Vladimir region.
“He underwent an MRI, but nothing serious for his age,” Life claimed.
However, he continues to complain about his ill health on social networks and on this basis demands new concessions from the colony’s administration.
‘For example, he wanted and received a gymnastics or yoga mat as a special medical dispensation.’
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny looks at photographers standing behind a glass of the cage in Moscow’s Babuskinsky District Court in February 2021.
Alexei Navalny and his wife Yulia have two children together
He was given a special bed and earplugs, it was reported.
“Navalny is visited by lawyers every day,” the report said.
“And such meetings can last up to four hours, with each of his four attorneys.”
The day before, Navalny complained about a prison visit by state-sponsored RT channel Maria Butina, who previously spent time in prison in the United States as a foreign agent.
Navalny labeled her as “a parasite and servant of the thieves in power” in the Kremlin.
The opposition leader claims his imprisonment is a political vendetta of Putin.