Alexei Navalny’s lawyer said Tuesday that the prominent Kremlin critic is “seriously ill” amid reports that he was transferred to a prison sick room on Monday.
The Guardian reports that Olga Mikhailova, a lawyer for Navalny, said members of his legal team saw him on Tuesday and said he was “in pretty bad shape.”
Navalny said in a note posted Monday that he had been coughing and had a temperature of 100.6 degrees. Other prisoners in his room had already been treated for tuberculosis.
Navalny went on a hunger strike last week in an attempt to receive proper medical treatment, claiming that he was experiencing pain in his back and legs and was also losing sensation in parts of his body. He is currently being held in the IK-2 prison.
“He has lost a lot of weight, he also has a strong cough and a temperature of 38.1 [Celsius]Mikhailova said on Echo Moscow radio station. “This man is seriously ill. It is complete outrage that the IK-2 [prison] it has brought him to this condition. “
Navalny survived a poisoning with the Soviet-era nerve agent Novichok last August after receiving treatment and recovering at a hospital in Germany. The poisoning attracted international attention, and the European Union announced last October that it would impose sanctions against six Russians and an organization believed to be linked to the poisoning.
Navalny is currently serving a two-and-a-half-year sentence on charges of embezzlement that he claims are a form of retribution for his opposition to the Russian president. Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich Putin The Hill’s Morning Report – Biden, McConnell agree on vaccines, infrastructure crash Putin signs law allowing him to remain president until 2036 Russian Twitter slowdown until May MORE.
Russia’s Federal Prison Service said in March that Navalny’s health was “stable and satisfactory” after Navalny’s allies expressed concern for his health. The German hospital where he was treated for his poisoning, Charité-Universitätsmedizin, said at the time of his discharge that it was difficult to say what the long-term effects of his poisoning would be on his health.