Navalny Ends His Hunger Strike in Prison

World » RUSSIA | April 23, 2021, Friday // 23:41
Bulgaria: Navalny Ends His Hunger Strike in Prison

Jailed Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny said Friday that he is ending his weeks long hunger strike, following a warning from doctors close to him that he was close to death.

Navalny had been on hunger strike since March 31, demanding "proper medical care" and to be examined by an independent doctor  something his team claims he was unable to get in the penal colony in Pokrov.
 
In an Instagram message announcing his decision on Friday, Navalny cited two checks by civilian doctors as proof that lobbying from his supporters helped him secure independent medical examination.
 
A day earlier, five doctors -- who are Navalny's allies and refer to themselves as his attending physicians -- called on him in a letter to end his hunger strike to avoid death.
 
In Friday's Instagram post Navalny said that he had taken note of their advice: "Doctors, whom I fully trust, published a statement yesterday stating that you and I had achieved enough for me to end the hunger strike. And I will say frankly -- their words that the tests show that 'in a minimum time there will be no one to treat...' seem to me worthy of attention."
 
The announcement comes days after the Russian opposition leader was transferred to a prison hospital due to his deteriorating health.
 
Russia's Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN) said in a statement Monday that Navalny was in "satisfactory" condition at the prison hospital, and is being examined by a doctor every day. With Navalny's consent, he has been prescribed "vitamin therapy," FSIN added./cnn

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