Russia, Navalny’s health worsens: “Maybe they’re poisoning him”

The dissident is once again in solitary confinement, for the 13th time

Transferred back to solitary confinement, Alexei Navalny suffers from serious health problems, which the prison authorities refuse to explain or deal with. His lawyer, Vadim Kobzev, denounces it, adding that he cannot rule out the Russian dissident be slowly poisoned. According to the lawyer, writes the independent website Meduza, the poison could be administered in small doses, calculated for a “gradual but constant” decline in his health.

“When he asked the prison doctor ‘what makes me sick?’, he replied ‘it’s spring, everyone has acute symptoms’. Judging by the bizarre and outrageous situation around Navalny’s health, with sudden attacks he hadn’t had before , we cannot rule out that they are gradually but constantly poisoning him. If it was another person it might seem like a paranoid idea, but not for Navalny after Novichok. We will ask for a toxicological test and an X-ray study,” says the lawyer , referring to the severe poisoning with the Novichok nerve agent in the summer of 2020, which led to the hospitalization of the dissident in Germany.

Sentenced to nine years in penal colony last March, Navalny has been repeatedly placed in solitary confinement. Last Friday, after completing a period of isolation of 15 days, the maximum possible, he had lost eight kilos, denounced Kobzev. His health had deteriorated so much that an ambulance was called. However Navlany was sentenced again on Monday to 15 days of solitary confinement, for the 13th time since the beginning of his detention.

On Twitter, the Navalny team claims that the dissident has been punished for the investigation carried out last month by his collaborators on corruption in purchases made by the prison administration. Restrictions were also imposed on the dissident on the purchase of food and the sending of letters, and the exercise hour was set at seven in the morning, so that he could not even hope for a ray of sunshine.