Nationwide protests planned across Russian Federation over Navalny's failing health

Nationwide protests planned across Russian Federation over Navalny's failing health”

Mr. Navalny on March 31 went on a hunger strike for proper treatment.

His allies have called for a nationwide rally on Wednesday, the same day that Putin is scheduled to deliver his annual state of the nation address.

Navalny now appears to have a shaven head, although it's uncertain when this photograph was taken.

The doctors showed up at the prison where Mr Navalny is being kept on Sunday but were not allowed in.

"Our patient could die at any moment", he wrote on Facebook.

The United States on Sunday threatened Russian Federation with "consequences" if President Vladimir Putin's major domestic opponent - who launched a hunger strike three weeks ago - dies in jail, with Navalny's private doctors warning over the weekend that he could pass away at "any minute".

Both France and Germany on Sunday joined a growing worldwide chorus of protest at Navalny's treatment.

Russia's state penitentiary service, FSIN, has said that Navalny was receiving all the medical help he needs.

"In terms of the specific measures we would undertake, we are looking at a variety of different costs that we would impose, and I'm not going to telegraph that publicly at this point", Sullivan told CNN.

Sullivan said he will return to Moscow in the "coming weeks" before any meeting between President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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The European Union's top diplomats will discuss the situation on Monday, the EU's foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said in a statement, calling for the Kremlin critic to be granted "immediate access to medical professionals he trusts".

Earlier, his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian also said the bloc was watching Navalny's situation closely, as he warned of possible further sanctions against Russian Federation.

The decision comes a day after the U.S. threatened the Kremlin with "consequences" if President Vladimir Putin's major domestic opponent dies behind bars, according to Agence France-Presse.

Russian authorities, who have broken up previous allies and arrested thousands of people, said the planned protests were illegal and warned people not to take to the streets.

"The package of sanctions is already significant, but there may be others", warned Le Drian. He has demanded treatment by an outside medical expert.

Alexei Navalny's personal doctor was among a group of doctors who were denied access to a penal colony where the Kremlin critic is now receiving medical attention.

"His right to medical care must be granted without delay".

Navalny was arrested in January upon his return from Germany, where he had spent five months recovering from a nerve agent poisoning he blames on the Kremlin - accusations Russian officials have rejected.

He is serving two-and-a-half years on old embezzlement charges, which he says are politically motivated, in a penal colony in the town of Pokrov around 100 kilometres (60 miles) east of Moscow.

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