Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been transferred to a prison hospital. His health was deteriorating. Navalny is in the third week of his hunger strike, announced in protest after he was refused access to his independent doctor. „All the symptoms that he had before, they remain the same. Numbness in the arms and legs, back pain – they aren’t going away…The situation is only getting worse,” Navalny’s lawyer Alexei Liptser said to media after visiting him in the hospital of penal colony. Liptser said Navalny looked weak and thinner. Russia’s prison service said Navalny, 44, was in a “satisfactory” state and he was being given “vitamin therapy” with his consent. The move came after a warning over the weekend from the United States that Moscow would face “consequences” if the prominent Kremlin critic were to die in custody.
President Joe Biden called his medical treatment “totally unfair and totally inappropriate.” Britain, France, Germany and the European Union also expressed serious concern over the politician’s condition. Navalny’s lawyers said they were trying to visit their client but couldn’t get access as of Monday afternoon. Navalny’s allies have called for nationwide rallies on Wednesday evening, the same day on which President Vladimir Putin is scheduled to make his annual state of the nation address in Moscow. The police issued a statement on Monday warning Russians against participation in the unauthorized street demonstrations. Last week, prosecutors asked a court to designate Navalny’s anti-corruption foundation, FBK, and its regional branches as extremist organizations.