Published: Sun, April 18, 2021

Kremlin critic Navalny could ‘die any minute’, say doctors

Kremlin critic Navalny could ‘die any minute’, say doctors

The daughter of hunger-striking Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny called on Russian authorities on Sunday to allow a doctor to treat her father in prison, a day after a group of medical professionals warned he is at risk of kidney failure.

He went on hunger strike to protest the refusal to let them visit when he began experiencing severe back pain and a loss of feeling in his legs.

One of the doctors posted a photo of the results online.

The team of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny on Sunday called for massive protests across Russian Federation next week to help save the life of the hunger-striking opposition leader, who doctors warn could die in a matter of days.

"A patient who has such a level of potassium should be monitored in intensive care, because he may develop a fatal case of arrhythmia at any time".

"This means both impaired renal function and that serious heart rhythm problems can happen any minute", said a statement on Vasilyeva's Twitter account.

In the letter to the prisons chief, the doctors said Navalny, who was critically ill after a poisoning with the Novichok nerve agent, could suffer "cardiac arrest".

The Kremlin has said it has seen no evidence he was poisoned and has cast Navalny as a USA -backed subversive on a mission to destabilise Russian Federation.

Navalny Could Be Down to a Few Days, Doctors Say

Last week, Russian Foreign Ministry's spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, said that the United States is making up "stories" about Navalny's detention conditions while the USA itself continues to violate the rights of prisoners.

She said union members hadn't examined Navalny but had received the tests from his lawyers, per Reuters. "In his condition, it is a matter of days".

About 80 famous writers, actors, historians, journalists and directors, including authors JK Rowling and Salman Rushdie, wrote an open letter to Putin on Friday, urging him to ensure Navalny gets the urgent medical care he needs.

Vasilyeva was reportedly detained earlier this month alongside other protesters outside Navalny's prison.

As of Sunday, almost 460,000 people had signed up, but Navalny's team announced the protest saying they could not wait any longer.

Navalny has said prison authorities are threatening to put him in a straitjacket to force-feed him unless he abandons his hunger strike.

The Russian Public Prosecution demanded Friday that the network of regional offices of Navalny and his anti-corruption institution be classified as "extremist organizations".

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