Prison workers threaten to force-feed Alexei Navalny

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The opposition member has been on a hunger strike for weeks – in protest of his detention conditions. Now his team reports: Navalny is to be force-fed.
At the end of March, Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny announced that he would be going on a hunger strike. He wants to protest against the prison authorities’ refusal to treat him appropriately for acute back and leg pain. He is now said to have been threatened by prison staff members to force-feed him. His supporters announced this.

Navalny’s colleagues had recently reported a further deterioration in his health. The opponent has pain in his back and numbness in his legs and arms. Appropriate medical care is withheld from him. As a result of the hunger strike, Navalny lost 15 kilograms in the past few weeks, according to other sources, eight kilograms.

Navalny survived an attack with a neurotoxin from the Novichok group in August last year. After the attack, for which Navalny blames the Kremlin, the prominent critic was flown to Germany by President Vladimir Putin and treated at the Berlin Charité.

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