Private Doctors Worried About Navalny's Condition Nearing Death

UMMATIMESS - The doctor of the Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, Yaroslav Ashikhmin, said his patient's health was deteriorating rapidly and possibly dying on Saturday (17/4). The 44-year-old Kremlin critic has gone on a hunger strike in its third week.

Doctor Ashikhmin said the test results received from the Navalny family showed a sharp increase in potassium. This condition can lead to heart attacks and an increase in creatinine levels which indicate kidney problems.

"Our patient could die at any time," the doctor said on Facebook.

The head of the Navalny-backed Alliance of Doctors, Anastasia Vasilyeva, said on Twitter that action had to be taken urgently. His personal doctor was not allowed to visit him in prison.

The condition led Navalny to go on a hunger strike to protest his refusal to allow them to visit when he began to experience severe back pain and loss of feeling in his legs. Russia's state prison service says Navalny is receiving all the medical assistance he needs.

Navalny was arrested on January 17 while returning to Russia from Germany. He spent five months recovering from the Soviet neurotoxin he accused of being the Kremlin. Russian officials have denied involvement and even questioned the truth of Navalny's poisoning, which has been confirmed by several European laboratories.

This political opponent of Russian President Vladimir Putin has been ordered to serve two and a half years in prison. This decision was on the grounds that his long recovery in Germany violated the suspended sentence he had imposed on charges of fraud in a case which Navalny said was politically motivated.