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Putin critic Navalny loses weight, blames harsh pri-son

MOSCOW (AP) – Imprisoned Russian opposition chief Alexei Navalny has misplaced a considerable quantity of weight in custody, his group mentioned Thursday, a day after the well-known authorities critic known as a starvation strike to protest what he known as poor medical care.

A put up Thursday on Navalny‘s channel within the Telegram messaging app mentioned he weighed 93 kilograms (204 kilos) when he arrived on the pri-son final month and now could be at 85 kilograms (187 kilos).

The assertion mentioned he blames the load loss totally on a harsh pri-son regime through which he’s woke up eight instances each evening.

Navalny is also complaining of extreme again pains which have unfold to at least one leg and says his different leg is numb. pri-son authorities haven’t supplied correct drugs or allowed his physician to go to him, he mentioned Wednesday when asserting he was occurring a starvation strike.

The 44-year-old Navalny, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s most outspoken home opponent, was arrested in January upon his return from Germany, the place he spent 5 months recovering from a nerve-agent poi-soning that he blames on the Kremlin. Russian authorities have rejected the accusation.

Last month, Navalny was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in pri-son for violating the phrases of his probation throughout his convalescence in Germany. The sentence stems from a 2014 embezzlement conviction that Navalny has rejected as fabricated – and which the European Сourt of Human Rights has dominated to be illegal.

Navalny was moved this month from a Moscow ja-il to a penal colony within the Vladimir area, 85 kilometers (50 miles) east of the Russian capital. The facility known as IK-2 stands out amongst Russian penitentiaries for its notably strict guidelines for inmates, which embody standing at consideration for hours.

Navalny’s nerve-agent poi-soning and conviction have additional strained Russia’s ties with the United States and the European Union, which sank to post-Cold War lows after Moscow’s 2014 annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea, its meddling within the 2016 U.S. presidential election, hacking assaults and different actions.

Although Navalny‘s physician has not been capable of see him, his group mentioned the pri-son on Thursday gave entry to a group from the Kremlin-funded satellite tv for pc TV channel RT led by Maria Butina, who was convicted of appearing as an unregistered international agent within the United States and served 18 months in pri-son.

It mentioned Butina declared the pri-son to be one among Russia‘s greatest and most comfy, after which Navalny denounced her as a “parasite” in entrance of different inmates.

RT didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.

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