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Alexei Navalny sent to prison hospital in Russian Federation

Alexei Navalny sent to prison hospital in Russian Federation”

U.S. national security adviser Jake Sullivan said on Sunday that Biden is weighing up a range of responses if Navalny dies, and that Moscow is aware of the threat.

Sullivan said the White House had told the Kremlin that Moscow would be "held accountable by the worldwide community" for what happens to Navalny while in Russian custody.

Navalny, Putin's most prominent opponent, was arrested in January on returning to Russian Federation from Berlin after recovering from a near-fatal poisoning attack he says was orchestrated by the Kremlin. The announcement came two days after Navalny's physician said his health was deteriorating rapidly and the 44-year-old opponent of Vladimir Putin could be on the verge of death.

Navalny went on hunger strike on March 31 to protest against what he said was the refusal of prison authorities to provide him with treatment for leg and back pain. Russian Federation says he has been treated well and is exaggerating illness to gain attention.

Russia's prison authorities, which have barred Mr. Navalny's own medical team from visiting him, said its doctors had chose to move him to a medical facility on the premises of another penal colony outside Moscow. The penitentiary service has said Navalny was getting all the medical help he needs.

"We make the Russian authorities responsible for the health situation of Mr Navalny", Josep Borrell said ahead of a video conference of the EU's 27 foreign ministers.

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On Sunday, Navalny's team said a nationwide protest was planned for Wednesday to highlight his plight. In the past, security forces have violently broken up demonstrations.

Already, Russian authorities have taken their crackdown on Navalny's allies and supporters to a new level, with the Moscow prosecutor's office last week petitioning a court to label as extremist groups Navalny's Foundation for Fighting Corruption and his network of regional offices. Donating money to the groups - something thousands of Russians have done regularly in recent years - would also become a criminal offense punishable by prison.

For now, several Navalny allies have dismissed as insufficient the move to move him to the prison hospital.

On Tuesday morning the team was once again barred from seeing him, but was told to try again later in the day.

Navalny has complained about being sleep-deprived due to guards conducting hourly checks on him at night, and said he has developed severe back pain and numbness in his legs within weeks of being transferred to the colony.

The Kremlin said on Monday it would retaliate for any further sanctions and rejected foreign countries' statements on the Navalny case. Navalny is now on a hunger strike inside the jail. "The EU continues to call for his immediate and unconditional release".



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