Jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny’s partner, Yulia Navalnaya, said on Tuesday she was increasingly concerned for her hunger-striking husband’s health and wellness after seeing him at his penal swarm outside Moscow.
Navalny, that is serving a two-and-a-half year sentence on old embezzlement costs, was imprisoned in February after returning to Russia from Germany where he was receiving therapy for a poisoning attack he claims was managed by the Kremlin.
Russia’s most prominent opposition number announced a hunger strike 2 weeks ago to require ample clinical treatment, and his allies stated this week that authorities had intimidated to force feed him.
In a message on Instagram, Navalnaya said she had visited Navalny on Tuesday and also interacted with him by phone and also via a glass display.
” He is equally as happy and also enjoyable. He talks with problem and from time to time hangs up and also exists down on the table to rest,” she created.
” I recognize that he is not going to quit … But after the visit with Alexei, I worry about him much more.”
She added that prison officials were continuing to prevent a medical professional from seeing Navalny and that he now weighed 76 kgs (168 extra pounds) — down 9 kgs (20 extra pounds) considering that starting his appetite strike practically 2 weeks back.
Navalny, who is 189 centimeters (6 feet 2 inches) high, had currently lost considerable weight behind bars prior to releasing the appetite strike.
He weighed 93 kgs (205 pounds) when he entered the center in February and also was down to 85 kilograms (187 extra pounds) when he began the hunger strike on March 31.
Koran legal action
In his very own Instagram post earlier Tuesday, the 44-year-old resistance political leader stated he was filing a claim against jail officials for refuting him accessibility to the Muslim divine book, the Koran.
Navalny said he was taking lawsuit against prison authorities because “they won’t provide me my Koran. And also it’s infuriating.”
” When I was jailed, I made a checklist of means I intended to enhance myself that I will certainly attempt to finish in jail. Among the points was to deeply research and also comprehend the Koran,” he created.
” Books are our every little thing, as well as if you need to demand the right to read, I will certainly file a claim against.”
Navalny came under fire early in his political job for making nationalistic comments as well as deriding immigrants in Russia from primarily Muslim countries in Central Asia.
His article came as several Muslims around the world started Ramadan after spiritual leaders verified the month of fasting would certainly begin on Tuesday.
Navalny said he had reviewed the Koran prior to however had not internalized its core tenets.
” I understood that my development as a Christian also calls for studying the Koran,” he wrote in the Instagram article.
Navalny’s allies and also legal representatives are demanding that he be moved to a regular medical facility. The Kremlin has stated that Navalny is not qualified to any type of special treatment.
Navalny has been a thorn in the Kremlin’s side for a decade by probing corruption amongst officials and also leading large objections throughout Russia.