Navalny moved to hospital

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Russian political activist, Alexey Navalny has been moved to a regional hospital for prisoners as concerns mounted over his health.

In a statement on Monday, Russia’s Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN) said that the opposition leader had been moved to the hospital, which specializes in “dynamic” observation of patients. The hospital is located on the “territory” of another penal colony, in the Vladimir region.

According to the statement, Navalny was in “satisfactory” condition and is being examined by a doctor every day. With Navalny’s consent, he has been prescribed “vitamin therapy,” the penitentiary service added.

Navalny has been on hunger strike since March 31, demanding “proper medical care” and to be examined by an independent doctor, something his team claims he has been unable to get in the penal colony in Pokrov.

Navalny’s supporters say that his medical condition is rapidly deteriorating. His press secretary said over the weekend that Navalny was “dying” and his doctors said medical tests showed he was at growing risk of renal failure and heart problems.

His supporters also criticized the choice of prison hospital that Navalny was moved to. The Director of Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation, Ivan Zhdanov, the said, “it’s a transfer to the same torture colony, only this is where seriously ill patients are transferred.”

“This should be understood as the fact that Navalny’s condition has worsened. And it worsened so much that even the torturer admits it,” Zhdanov added in a tweet.

The move comes as international concern around Navalny’s health builds, with some countries condemning Russian authorities.

United States national security adviser Jake Sullivan had said on Sunday that the Biden administration was weighing options to punish Russia if Navalny dies in state custody.

“We have communicated to the Russian government that what happens to Mr. Navalny in their custody is their responsibility and they will be held accountable by the international community.

“In terms of the specific measures that we would take, we are looking at a variety of different costs that we would impose and I’m not going to telegraph that publicly at this point.”

“But we have communicated that there will be consequences if Mr. Navalny dies.”

The European Union has called on Russia to grant Navalny “immediate access” to a medical professional “he trusts.”

“The European Union is deeply concerned about reports that the Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny’s health in the penal colony continues to deteriorate even further. We call on the Russian authorities to grant him immediate access to medical professionals he trusts,” the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell said in a statement.

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