April 22, 2021 – 21:32
Private doctors of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny have called on him to end the hunger crisis as soon as possible.
Navalny has been refusing food in jail for three weeks now.
Cardiologist Yaroslav Ashikhmin and four other doctors said in a statement that they were urging Navalny “to immediately stop the hunger strike, to save his life and health.”
“If the hunger strike continues for a little longer, we simply will not have anyone to treat it,” the doctors said in a statement released by Mediazona, Russia’s independent news agency.
On March 31, Navalny, 44, went on hunger strike, demanding decent health care for back pain and numbness in his legs and arms.
His doctors said that thanks to strong public support, Navalny was taken to a civilian hospital and had access to “something that looks like an independent examination”.
Last weekend, Navalny doctors said he could die “any minute”.
On Wednesday evening, thousands of Russians took to the streets after the West warned that the Kremlin would face “consequences” in the event of Navalny’s death.
More than 1,900 people were detained in Wednesday’s protests, according to OVD-Info, an organization that monitors opposition protests.
In an Instagram post, Navalny said he was full of “pride and hope.”