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1 Apr 2021
5:47 pm

Navalny lost eight kilos in Russian prison, even before hunger strike

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In a post on Facebook, his team said that Navalny, who is 189 centimetres tall, weighed 93 kilograms when he arrived in his penal colony.

In this file photo taken on 20 February 2021, Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny stands inside a glass cell during a court hearing at the Babushkinsky district court in Moscow. Jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny is in great pain, his lawyer said on 25 March 2021 after visiting him in prison, adding that allies were afraid 'for his life'. Picture: Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP

Jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny lost eight kilograms before he went on hunger strike, his team said Thursday, as allies have expressed deep concern about his deteriorating health.

Navalny, President Vladimir Putin’s most vocal critic, went on hunger strike on Wednesday to demand proper medical treatment for his back pain and numbness in both legs.

In a post on Facebook, his team said that Navalny, who is 189 centimetres tall, weighed 93 kilograms when he arrived in his penal colony.

“Right now he weighs 85 (kilograms). That is minus eight kilograms even before the hunger strike,” the team said.

The allies said Navalny linked the weight loss to sleep deprivation that the 44-year-old called a form of “torture”.

“They are still not allowing a doctor to visit,” the team said, adding Navalny’s diagnosis was still not clear.

The statement said doctors now suggested that he be treated with nicotinic acid.

The opposition politician is serving two-and-a-half years on old fraud charges in a penal colony east of Moscow. He was arrested when he returned to Russia in January from Germany, where he had spent months recovering from a near-fatal poisoning he blames on the Kremlin.

Navalny says he is suffering in prison from severe back pain and numbness in his legs and has only been given painkillers.

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