Russia: the wife of the opponent Alexeï Navalny “worried” after seeing him in prison

Alexeï Navalny is imprisoned for two and a half years because of a fraud case dating back to 2014, widely seen as a pretext to imprison him.

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The wife of Russian opponent Alexey Navalny, Yulia Navalnaya, said on Tuesday April 13 to be “worry” for the health of her husband, sick and on hunger strike, after seeing him in his penal colony. Alexei Navalny, 44, announced on March 31 that he would stop eating to protest against his conditions of detention, accusing the prison administration of denying him access to a doctor while he suffered from a double herniated disc according to his lawyers.

Yulia Navalnaïa told on Instagram that she was able to visit him on Tuesday and to have been able to communicate with him on the phone and through a glass window. “He’s just as happy and jovial, but he speaks with difficulty and every now and then he would hang up to lie on the table and rest.”, she wrote. “I know he won’t give up (…) but after this visit, I worry even more about him”, she added. According to her, the prison administration continues to deny access to a doctor to her husband, who now weighs 76 kilograms, or 9 kg less than at the start of his hunger strike.

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