Russian Police Arrest Physicians Seeking To Treat Opposition Leader Alexei Navalny

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Doctors from the Navalny-backed Alliance of Doctors union announced they were going to the prison on Tuesday to demand the opposition leader gets qualified medical help from independent doctors after he complained about pain in his leg and back.

Authorities transferred Navalny last month from a Moscow jail to the IK-2 penal colony in the Vladimir region, 85 kilometres east of the Russian capital.

Mr Navalny went on hunger strike last week, protesting against the prison administration's repeated refusals to let him see a civilian doctor or receive medication from his family after reporting searing pain in his back and legs. Navalny was arrested the moment he returned to Moscow from Germany, where he had been recovering from a poison attack with a rare nerve agent that he blames on Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Nine people including several doctors in white coats were briefly detained outside the prison for "disturbing public order", according to the local police.

TikTok came into the view of the authorities more recently after videos on the platform in January calling for Russians to join rallies in support of Navalny garnered hundreds of thousands of views.

He was later sentenced to 2½ years in prison for breaching parole conditions in a 2014 fraud case, partly because he failed to report to authorities while under treatment in Germany.

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Putin foe Navalny once described prison life with dark humor.

The Levada Center polling agency said 48% of Russian respondents consider Navalny's sentence of two and a half years in one of the country's most notorious penal colonies to be fair.

Human rights group Amnesty International said Wednesday that Navalny is incarcerated in conditions that amount to torture and may slowly be killing him.

The pro-Kremlin newspaper Izvestia later cited the state prison service as saying Navalny had been moved to a sick bay and tested for COVID-19. Mikhailova provided an update this week on her client's health problems.

Navalny said on Monday he had a high temperature and bad cough and that three inmates in his ward had been admitted to hospital with tuberculosis.

The Kremlin declined comment on Navalny's health but said he would receive medical care like any other prisoner if ill. She said some 2,000 doctors had already signed an open letter demanding Navalny be examined by specialists he trusts, including from the German clinic that treated him after his poisoning.

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