Putin critic Navalny reportedly transferred to medical facility after falling ill in prison
Alexei Navalnyhas reportedly been transferred to a medical unit for respiratory problems.
- The imprisoned Putin critic recently went on a hunger strike over claims of improper medical care.
Amnesty Internationalsaid it was possible Russiawas subjecting Navalny "to a slow death."
The Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been transferred to a penal-colony medical unit because of possible respiratory problems and fever, Reuters reported on Monday, citing the Russian newspaper Izvestia.Navalny received a COVID-19 test in the medical facility, according to the report, but the result remains unclear.
Navalny was poisoned with the Soviet-era nerve agent Novichok in August and subsequently taken to Germany for medical treatment. Upon his return to Moscow in January, the Kremlin critic was promptly arrested. His detention sparked mass protests in Russia as world leaders called for Navalny's immediate release.He was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison on charges of violating parole for a 2014 fraud conviction, including while he was in Germany for five months receiving medical treatment. The sentencing was broadly viewed as political retribution and condemned by leaders worldwide. Europe's top human-rights court previously characterized the 2014 conviction as politically motivated. Putin has been accused of ordering Navalny's poisoning, an allegation the Russian president has vehemently denied.
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