Russian opposition politician Alexey Navalny, who is serving a prison sentence in the Vladimir region, has started getting medicine to treat flu, his lawyer Vadim Kobzev reported.
“The main positive news is that Navalny’s condition is no longer deteriorating, he is getting antibiotics and more hot water. Two cups per day,” Kobzev wrote.
According to the lawyer, an open letter by doctors made a great impact. Earlier, they appealed to Russian President Vladimir Putin, demanding to stop abusing Navalny and provide him with all the necessary help. After that, according to Kobzev, the prison administration “started running around a lot and making a lot of fuss, his temperature is being taken on camera, but nothing else is happening”,
Also, the lawyer shared details about Navalny’s illness. His cellmate was let out of the punishment cell three times, he was “hospitalised to a ward filled with flu and covid patients, and 24 hours later he was brought back to Navalny”. The last two times it happened were on 3 and 8 January.
“Navalny’s cellmate was ‘hospitalised’ and ‘discharged’ without putting a face mask on him once. We cannot say for sure if their persistence yielded results or Navalny caught flu in a more natural way but the fact is that he has been seeking medical help since 3 January, while on 9 January he fell very ill with all the classic respiratory infection symptoms: chills, fever, heavy cough, low temperature: it hasn’t gone above 37.1,” he said.
On 9 January, the news emerged that Navalny had been placed in solitary confinement for the tenth time, on New Year’s Eve.
Kobzev said that his client had fallen ill. “Unfortunately, the bioweapon worked. Navalny is right now in the solitary confinement cell with temperature, fever, and cough. We are trying to get medicine through to him,” he wrote.