Jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny says he is ending his hunger strike after receiving medical treatment and being warned by his doctors that continuing it would put his life at risk.
In an Instagram post on Friday, the 24th day of his hunger strike, Navalny said he will continue to request a visit to his doctor to address a loss of sensation in his legs and arms – the main request the politician announced. when he launched his hunger. strike.
But he said he would stop the strike after being examined by non-prison doctors, something he called “huge progress”.
“Thanks to the tremendous support of good people across the country and around the world, we have made tremendous progress,” Navalny said in his message. “Two months ago, my requests for medical help were causing smiles. They didn’t give me any medication … Thanks to you, I have now been examined by a [group] twice of civilian doctors “.
Navalny said he would start “coming out of hunger strike” on Friday and that the process to finish it will take 24 days.
He is serving a two and a half year prison sentence
The 44-year-old politician, arrested earlier this year and serving a two-and-a-half-year sentence, went on hunger strike on March 31 to protest the prison authorities’ refusal to visit his doctors after developed severe back pain and numbness. in his legs.
Officials insisted Navalny was getting all the medical help he needed, but Navalny said he hadn’t received any treatment.
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On Wednesday evening, another round of mass protests calling for his freedom swept across Russia. A senior aide said Wednesday night’s protests appear to have resulted in a compromise from Russian authorities to get Navalny the medical assistance he requested when he launched the hunger strike.
Navalny, who is President Vladimir Putin’s best-known critic, was arrested in January on his return from Germany, where he had spent five months recovering from nerve agent poisoning he blames the Kremlin – charges Russian officials dismiss.