Dr. Anastasia Vasilyeva, Copyright Meduza


Vienna April 7, 2021

by Edward Steen

Supporters of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, 44, – now on hunger strike - are increasingly worried for his life. He has lost all sensation in both legs and has severe back pains. Yesterday doctors made the trek to the gates of the penal colony at Pokrov, about 100 km east of Moscow, to demand access to them.

Police said they made nine arrests, including of Dr. Anastasia Vasilyeva head of the independent doctors union Alliance of Doctors, and one of Navalny’s physicians.

The union of doctors later tweeted that Dr Vasilyeva was released, but three of her colleagues remain in custody. A CNN news team was also briefly detained. A spokesman for Vladimir Putin. The Russian leader, said: “Naturally, any special treatment for one of the convicts is out of the question”.

Jailed in the notorious penal colony for two and a half years for not being in Moscow to meet bail conditions on what he says area trumped-up charges, Navalny was at the time in Berlin being treated for Novichok poisoning. It has been established beyond doubt that this was a secret service FSB plot to murder him.


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