(FreedomBeacon.com)- Alexei Navalny, Russia’s jailed opposition leader, has reportedly developed two spinal hernias while in prison. The politician has been complaining of serious leg and back pain while in custody, and doctors have only just discovered the medical problem.
Pro-Navalny activists say that the anti-Putin leader is “tortured by interrupted sleep” and “not allowed to get medical health,” and a team of doctors were arrested outside of the prison where he is being held on Tuesday after demanding he is given access to better medical treatment.
Navalny's health deteriorates in a Gulag-like colony. He is tortured by interrupted sleep (every hour) and not allowed to get medical health. His allies call for a mass protest. Only Russia/Europe can register but help to share the word:https://t.co/KtyzWKZjZh #свободуНавальному
— Zarina Zabrisky (@ZarinaZabrisky) March 26, 2021
Navalny is also weeks into a hunger strike over his treatment in prison, and lack of medical attention over his leg pain.
Navalny keeps joking even when he announces a hunger strike:“I mean, to hell with the right leg. I would have done with the left one somehow. But losing two legs at once is where I cross the line. It would be unfair: everyone has two legs and I have none.” https://t.co/x7FpnPfVjm
— Nataliya Vasilyeva (@Nat_Vasilyeva) March 31, 2021
Navalny’s lawyer, Vadim Kobzev, told the Interfax news agency that Navalny is suffering a spinal protrusion and is starting to lose feeling in his hands, and still isn’t receiving proper medical care.
On Wednesday, Navalny’s team revealed in an Instagram post that prison authorities have attempted to end his hunger strike by cooking aromatic chicken in his unit and even putting sweets in his clothes pockets.
“Do you know what turned out to be most important in the first stage of the prison hunger strike? Check your pockets,” he said.
The treatment of the Russian opposition leader has drawn criticism from the White House. It seems as though President Joe Biden is willing to call out Russia…just not China.
“We urge Russian authorities to take all necessary actions to ensure his safety and health,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said on Wednesday.
“We consider Mr. Navalny’s imprisonment on trumped-up charges to be politically motivated and a gross injustice, and we stand with like-minded allies and partners in calling for his immediate release,” Psaki said.
Imagine if the White House would be so uncertain in their terms when talking about China.
The Russian state penitentiary service insists that Navalny is receiving the same medical treatment as all other prisoners and that he won’t be receiving any additional or special treatment. However, another attorney representing Navalny, Olga Mikhailova, said a neurologist recently consulted on the opposition leader’s condition said that the treatment being prescribed in prison is “ineffective.”
Protests are planned in the coming weeks across Russia, with hundreds of thousands of pro-Navalny activists expected to attend.