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Starvation-striking Navalny describes threats to force-feed him

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MOSCOW (AP) — Imprisoned Russian opposition chief Alexei Navalny, who has been on starvation strike since March 31, described threats to force-feed him, utilizing “straitjacket and different pleasures,” in a message from behind bars Friday.

In an Instagram submit, Navalny mentioned an official advised him {that a} blood check indicated his well being was deteriorating and threatened to force-feed him if he continues to refuse to eat.

“After which she detailed the thrill of force-feeding to me. Straitjacket and different pleasures,” the politician mentioned, including that he urged the officers to not do it, “pointing to a clause within the regulation.”

Navalny, President Vladimir Putin’s most vociferous critic, is demanding a go to from his doctor after creating extreme again ache and numbness in his legs in jail.

The 44-year-old opposition chief was arrested in January upon his return from Germany, the place he had spent 5 months recovering from a nerve agent poisoning he blames on the Kremlin — accusations Russian officers have rejected. Navalny’s arrest triggered a large wave of protests all throughout Russia, the largest present of defiance lately.

Quickly after the arrest, a courtroom ordered Navalny to serve 2 1/2 years in jail on a 2014 embezzlement conviction he mentioned was fabricated and the European Courtroom of Human Rights deemed to be “arbitrary and manifestly unreasonable.” Final month, the politician was transferred to a penal colony east of Moscow, infamous for its harsh circumstances.

Navalny has complained about again ache and mentioned he was dropping sensation in his legs. His calls for for a health care provider’s go to have been rebuffed by jail officers, with Russia’s state jail service saying he was getting all of the medical assist he wanted. In response, Navalny went on starvation strike.

The opposition chief charged Friday that jail officers refused to let his doctor in as a result of “they worry it will transpire that the lack of sensation within the limbs could also be related to the poisoning,” and reiterated he had “a completely assured proper: to be examined by an unbiased civilian physician.”

Describing his state after greater than two weeks of a starvation strike, Navalny mentioned his head was “spinning rather a lot,” however that he was “nonetheless strolling.”

Navalny’s spouse, Yulia, who visited him in jail earlier this week, mentioned the politician was “cheerful” however had bother speaking and misplaced lots of weight.

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