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Navalny transferred to the hospital ward of the IK-3 prison. His staff: "Colony of torture"

According to the prison service, Navalny's conditions are "satisfactory". His: "Don't be fooled"
la colonia penale dove si trova navalny (foto ansa epa)
La colonia penale dove si trova Navalny (foto ANsa/Epa)

Alexey Navalny will be transferred to the hospital ward of the IK-3 penal colony of the Russian Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN) in the Vladimir region, which specializes in medical observation of detainees. This was announced by the press service of the FSIN. According to the prison service, Navalny's conditions are "satisfactory".

The facility is referred to as "the regional hospital for prisoners".

According to the FSIN, Navalny "is seen every day by a general practitioner" and "with the patient's consent, he has been prescribed vitamin therapy".

On the other hand, the staff of the Russian dissident is quite different. "The transfer to the IK-3 penal colony is a transfer to the torture colony itself, just a large hospital where the seriously ill are transferred. And this must be understood as the fact that the conditions in Navalny have deteriorated so much that even the colony of the torture admits it. " The alarm was raised on Twitter by Ivan Zhdanov, director of the Anti-Corruption Fund.

"It is quite clear that we are now being given some sort of 'good news' about Alexey's condition before the protest. Don't be fooled: we can only get the true information from lawyers," he added.

THE EVENT - In the meantime, the people of Navalny broke the delay and called a major national demonstration for Wednesday. And it does not matter if the threshold of 500 thousand subscribers to the protest action has not yet been reached. "It's time to act: now it's not about his freedom, but his life," said Leonid Volkov, his historic right-hand man. Who then underlined that there is much more at stake. That is the fate of Russia.

"The Anti-Corruption Fund (FBK) is in danger of being declared an extremist organization. Putin directly bans any opposition activity. Which means that this demonstration could be the last in the country for years to come. But together we can change the situation. stuff, "he wrote on Facebook. The X time will be at 19. The place the main squares of all Russian cities. The day (April 21) is not chosen at random. Vladimir Putin will deliver his annual speech to the Federal Assembly on Wednesday.

APPEALS - The opponent's daughter, Daria Navalnaya (who studies at Stanford University, California) also launched an appeal. "Let a doctor visit my dad," he tweeted. But the case is also mounting in the chancelleries and will end up at the EU Foreign Council on Monday. The European Union, meanwhile, is asking Russia for the "immediate and unconditional" release of Navalny. This was announced by the head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, in a statement in which he also appealed to Moscow to allow the detainee access to "trusted doctors". The EU is "deeply concerned", he added. But the fear is also widespread elsewhere. "There is truly an authoritarian drift in Russia," said French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, expressing concern for the opponent's health. The US national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, instead assured that he had communicated to the Russian government that "there will be consequences if Navalny dies".

THE FACTS - Navalny was arrested in January on his way back to Russia after recovering from a near-fatal poisoning he says was orchestrated by the Kremlin. Russia, for its part, denies the accusation. He is now serving two and a half years in prison on old embezzlement charges - which the opponent says are politically motivated - in a penal colony in the town of Pokrov about 100 kilometers east of Moscow. The 44-year-old went on a hunger strike on March 31 to demand adequate medical treatment for back pain and numbness in his legs and hands. In recent days, Navalny's doctors have said that his health has rapidly deteriorated and have asked prison officials to grant them immediate access.

"The patient can die at any time," said cardiologist Yaroslav Ashikhmin, pointing to Navalny's high potassium levels and saying he should be transferred to ICU.

(Unioneonline / vl)

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