Navalny Supporters Jailed For Penal Colony Protest
Umer Jamshaid 3 days ago Thu 08th April 2021 | 01:30 PM
Moscow, April 8 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 8th Apr, 2021 ) :A Russian court has handed week-long sentences to several supporters of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny after they travelled to his penal colony to demand he receive proper medical treatment.
Police on Tuesday detained nine Navalny supporters outside his prison in the town of Pokrov around 100 kilometres (60 miles) east of Moscow for violating public order.
The supporters had gathered outside the colony to demand access to Navalny, who is on hunger strike and demanding medical treatment for several health issues.
Navalny went on hunger strike last Wednesday to demand proper medical treatment for severe back pain and numbness in both legs, saying he had only been given painkillers.
He has since said he has also come down with a heavy cough and fever.
On Wednesday evening, his lawyer Olga Mikhailova said she had visited the opposition figure, who was moved to the prison infirmary.
She said he is losing sensation in his hands and that an MRT scan had shown that he has two herniated discs in his back, as well as a bulging disc.
Also on Wednesday, several of Navalny's key allies, including key aide Lyubov Sobol and his brother Oleg, saw their house arrests relaxed.
He was sentenced the following month to two-and-a-half years in a penal colony for breaching the parole terms of an earlier fraud sentence.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Wednesday that Biden's administration was "disturbed by reports" of Navalny's worsening health.