After being transferred to a prison hospital in a penal colony last weekend, Navalny was examined in a civilian hospital on Tuesday. In a letter from five doctors affiliated with Navalny, published by the independent Russian news agency Mediazona, they urged him to consider that medical treatment sufficient to end the hunger strike.
“Thanks to the tremendous support of good people across the country and around the world, we’ve made tremendous progress,” Navalny’s Instagram post said. He does not have access to the account, but his lawyers are in regular contact with him and the assignments are assigned by his allies.
“Two months ago, they only laughed at my requests for medical assistance and gave me no medication,” the post continued. “A month ago, I was mocked in the face at phrases like:” Can I find out my diagnosis? “and” Can I see my medical records? “Thank you – I have now been examined twice by a group of civilian doctors.
Russia’s treatment of Navalny drew international condemnation, including from the United States, which promised “consequences” for the Kremlin if Navalny were to die in prison. His condition, described as near death by his allies, sparked mass protests across Russia on Wednesday.
Navalny said he does not withdraw his request for doctors of his choice to treat him. His treatment on Tuesday included consultations with a neurosurgeon, neurologist, and nephrologist at a hospital in the Vladimir region.
On Friday, his personal doctors shared their analysis of Navalny’s test results with the independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta, requesting that Navalny be transferred to a “multidisciplinary civilian hospital” in Moscow. They said the high potassium levels and low sodium levels in the blood “may indicate a direct threat to life.”
Navalny was poisoned with a nerve agent in August in what he and Western intelligence agencies say it was an attempt on his life by Russian state security agents. Although Navalny returned to Russia after a five-month recovery in Germany, there may be persistent effects on his health.
His lawyers previously said Navalny, 44, has two slipped discs that have caused severe back pain and numbness in his leg and hands.
“I want to understand what it is and how to treat it,” he said. “But taking into account the progress and all the circumstances, I am starting to come out of the hunger strike. The rules say it will take the same 24 days and say it is even more difficult. So wish me luck. “