“I’ve the suitable to name a physician and get drugs. They offer me neither one nor the opposite. The again ache has moved to the leg. Components of my proper leg and now of my left leg have misplaced sensitivity. Jokes apart, however that is already annoying,” Navalny mentioned.
Navalny knowledgeable the top of penal colony No.2 in Pokrov, within the Vladimir area, that he was occurring a starvation strike in a handwritten letter. Photographs of the letter had been shared by his staff on Instagram.
“I announce a starvation strike with a requirement for the legislation to be obeyed and that I am seen by a physician from exterior. So I am hungry, however to this point I nonetheless have two legs,” Navalny mentioned within the Instagram publish.
Considered one of Navalny’s attorneys mentioned final week the Russian opposition determine had been affected by acute again ache that had affected his potential to stroll, and his situation was being exacerbated by alleged “torture by sleep deprivation.”
Navalny echoed these sentiments on Wednesday, saying he was being tortured. “As an alternative of medical help, I’m tortured with sleep deprivation (they wake me up 8 occasions an evening), and the administration persuading the activist convicts (aka “goats”) to intimidate extraordinary convicts in order that they don’t clear round my mattress,” Navalny mentioned.
A bunch of Russian docs began a web based petition not too long ago calling for jail authorities to permit Navalny to be handled by a physician from exterior of the jail.
The Russian jail service mentioned in a press release on Wednesday that Navalny was receiving all of the medical care that he wants and was being handled identical to another convict.
“The process for organizing the supervision of convicts, together with that of A. Navalny, is carried out in accordance with the necessities of the present laws and applies to all convicts with out exception,” the assertion from the Russian Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN) for the Vladimir area mentioned.
“We additionally inform that convict A. Navalny is being supplied with all the mandatory medical help in accordance together with his present medical suggestions.”
The assertion additionally addressed Navalny’s allegations regarding sleep deprivation, saying jail employees “strictly observe the suitable of all convicts to a steady eight-hour sleep. At evening, in accordance with the necessities of the legislation, workers make a detour of residential premises and conduct a visible test of the presence of convicts within the sleeping locations. These measures don’t intervene with the remainder of the convicts.”
An outspoken authorities critic and anti-corruption crusader, Navalny has lengthy been a thorn in President Vladimir Putin’s aspect, prompting issues for his security within the nation. The activist practically died after he was poisoned with the Novichok nerve agent final August.
Navalny was jailed earlier this yr for violating the probation phrases of a 2014 case during which he obtained a suspended sentence of three and a half years.
A Moscow courtroom took under consideration the 11 months Navalny had already spent beneath home arrest as a part of the choice and changed the rest of the suspended sentence with a jail time period final month.