Lawyer: Russian opposition chief Navalny has spinal hernias


MOSCOW (AP) — A lawyer for imprisoned Russian opposition chief Alexei Navalny, who has complained of significant again and leg ache in custody, says medical doctors have discovered him to be affected by two spinal hernias.

Vadim Kobzev informed the Interfax information company on Wednesday that Navalny additionally has a spinal protrusion and is starting to lose sensation in his fingers.

Navalny went on a starvation strike final week to protest what he known as poor medical care in a Russian jail. On Tuesday, the chief of the Navalny-backed Alliance of Doctors union was detained by police after making an attempt to get into the jail to speak to medical doctors.

Navalny, 44, is Russian President Vladimir Putin’s fiercest home opponent. He was arrested in January upon returning to Moscow from Germany, the place he spent 5 months recovering from a nerve-agent poisoning that he blames on the Kremlin. Russian authorities have rejected the accusation. Still, labs in Germany and elsewhere in Europe confirmed that Navalny was poisoned with the Soviet-era Novichok nerve agent.

A Russian court docket ordered Navalny in February to serve 2 1/2 years in jail for violating the phrases of his probation, together with when he was convalescing in Germany, from a 2014 embezzlement conviction. Navalny has rejected the conviction as fabricated, and the European Сourt of Human Rights discovered it “arbitrary and manifestly unreasonable.”

Authorities transferred Navalny final month from a Moscow jail to the IK-2 penal colony within the Vladimir area, 85 kilometers (53 miles) east of the Russian capital. The facility within the city of Pokrov stands out amongst Russian penitentiaries for its particularly strict inmate routines, which embody standing at consideration for hours.

Within weeks of being imprisoned, Navalny mentioned he developed extreme again and leg pains and was successfully disadvantaged of sleep as a result of a guard checks on him hourly at evening. He went on a starvation strike on March 31, demanding entry to correct medicine and a go to from his physician.

Russia’s state penitentiary service has mentioned that Navalny is receiving all of the medical assist he wants.

Another Navalny lawyer, Olga Mikhailova, mentioned a neurologist consulted by Navalny’s group mentioned the remedy prescribed within the jail was ineffective.

In an Instagram submit Monday, Navalny mentioned three of the 15 folks he’s housed with have been recognized with tuberculosis, a contagious illness that spreads by the air. He mentioned he had a robust cough and a fever with a temperature of 38.1 levels Celsius (100.6 F).

On Monday, the state penitentiary service mentioned Navalny had been the jail’s sanitary unit after a checkup discovered him having “signs of a respiratory illness, including a high fever.”

Mikhailova mentioned Wednesday that Navalny’s fever had lowered, however he’s nonetheless coughing and is weak from the starvation strike.

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