Putin critic Navalny ends three-week long hunger strike

Alexey Navalny. Photo: AP


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Moscow: Jailed Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny said on Friday that he is ending his weeks long hunger strike.

The announcement comes days after the Russian opposition leader was transferred to a prison hospital due to his deteriorating health, as reported by CNN. “Thanks to the tremendous support of good people all over the country and all over the world, we have made tremendous progress,” Navalny’s Instagram post said, as per The Hill.

“Two months ago, they only laughed at my requests for medical help and wouldn’t give me any medication or allow to pass them to me,” the post continued. “A month ago, I was laughed in the face at phrases like, ‘Can I find out my diagnosis?” and ‘Can I see my own medical records?’ Thank you — now I’ve been examined twice by a panel of civilian doctors.”

“I am not withdrawing the requirement to be visited by a doctor — I have a loss of sensation in parts of my limbs, and I want to understand what it is and how to treat it — but taking into account the progress [of the disease] and all the circumstances, I am starting to end the hunger strike. According to the rules, it will take 24 days, and they say it is even harder,” Navalny stated further, as translated by Sputnik.

Navalny said on Thursday he feels “pride and hope” over a swarm of protests against his detention.
According to The Hill, Navalny in an Instagram post touted demonstrators as Russia’s “salvation” as protests seeking to free the leader of the opposition movement to President Vladimir Putin escalate. (RSS/ANI)