MOSCOW (AP) – Imprisoned opposition leader Alexei Navalny says he is ending his hunger strike after receiving medical treatment, and doctors have warned that his continuation would endanger his life.
On Friday afternoon, the 24th day of his hunger strike, Navalny said in an Instagram post that he would continue his doctor’s visit to combat the loss of sensation in his legs and arms. strike
But he said the strike would end after being examined by non-prison doctors, which he called “a huge step forward”.
“Thanks to the tremendous support of good people across the country and around the world, we have made tremendous progress,” Navalny said in a statement. “Two months ago, my requests for medical help were laughable. I was not given any medicine … Thank you, now I have been examined twice by a sympathetic civilian doctor. ”
Navalny said he would start a “hunger strike” on Friday, ending the process in 24 days.
The 44-year-old politician, who was arrested earlier this year and is serving a two-year sentence, went on a hunger strike on March 31 to protest the prison authorities’ refusal to allow doctors to visit him after suffering severe back pain and numbness. at his feet.
Officials claimed Navalny was receiving all the medical treatment he needed, but Navalny said he had not received effective treatment.
Another round of mass protests demanding his release broke out in Russia on Wednesday night. The aide-de-camp said Wednesday night’s protests appeared to be a compromise with Russian authorities seeking medical treatment for Navalny, who was on a hunger strike.
Navalny, one of President Vladimir Putin’s most vocal critics, was arrested on his return from Germany in January after recovering five months after being poisoned by a nerve agent he blamed on the Kremlin, a charge denied by Russian officials.