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Alexei Navalny aides call for protests to save his life

Alexei Navalny aides call for protests to save his life”

MOSCOW/BELGIUM - The European Union is deeply concerned about reports that the Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny's health in the penal colony continues to deteriorate even further.

Navalny, an anti-corruption campaigner and Putin's most-prominent critic, was first arrested in January upon his return to Russian Federation following a suspected Novichok poisoning, that is thought to have been carried out by an FSB hit squad.

"Events are developing too quickly and too badly".

Volkov said Wednesday's rally - set for 7 p.m. local time - could become a decisive battle against "absolute evil" or Russia's last opposition rally for years to come.

Doctors helping Navalny's family said on Saturday blood tests showed his potassium levels are "catastrophically" high, meaning that he could suffer heart failure at "any moment".

Then, on March 31, Navalny revealed in a hand-written letter posted online by his team that he had gone on hunger strike after being denied proper medical care.

In such a condition, Ashikhmin wrote on Facebook, a patient would normally be moved to an intensive care unit. But right now Alexey is dying.

"With his condition it's a matter of days".

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President Joe Biden's national security adviser Jake Sullivan said on Sunday that the United States government had told Russian officials "there will be consequences" if Mr Navalny died in prison. We don't know how long he can hold on. The bloc's foreign ministers will discuss the situation at a meeting on Monday, it said in a statement.

Prison authorities say they have offered Navalny proper medical care, but that he has refused the treatment in favor of being treated by a doctor of his choice from outside the facility, a request that authorities have declined.

Police arrested more than 10,000 people during nationwide protests in January calling for Navalny to be freed.

"Navalny's situation is extremely concerning", Le Drian told France 3 television.

The authorities have broken up pro-Navalny protests by force in the past, detaining thousands, and Wednesday's planned demonstration falls on the same day as President Vladimir Putin gives a state-of-the-nation speech.

A doctor for imprisoned Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who is in the third week of a hunger strike, said on Saturday that his health is deteriorating rapidly and the 44-year-old Kremlin critic could be on the verge of death.

Meanwhile, on Sunday, Navalny's allies put out an urgent call for his supporters to take to the streets en masse across Russian Federation on Wednesday. The plan to gather 500,000 online registrations was meant to ensure protests were large enough to have an impact, but Navalny's decline has upended that plan.

It comes as his allies say they are planning what they hope will be the largest street protests in modern Russian history this week to highlight Mr Navalny's declining health and a crackdown on his supporters.



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