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Julia Navalnaja: "After visiting Alexej, I worry even more about him"


Despite health problems, Alexei Navalny does not want to give up his hunger strike. His wife Julia Navalnaya worries about him. The prison authorities continue to refuse medical care, she says.

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Alexej Navalny's health deteriorates (archive image)

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The Kremlin opponent Alexej Navalny, imprisoned in a Russian prison camp, saw his wife Julia again for the first time in weeks.

She posted a photo of herself on Instagram on Tuesday, on which the warehouse located around 100 kilometers east of Moscow can be seen in the background.

At the meeting, separated by a pane of glass, Navalny had difficulty speaking and kept lying down on a table to rest, Navalnaya wrote.

The prison authorities continue to deny her husband on hunger strike medical care.

The following also applies to prisoners: "Everyone has the right to see a doctor."

"I know he will not give up," wrote Navalnaya.

"But after visiting Alexei, I worry even more about him." According to Navalnaya, the 1.89-meter-tall opponent currently weighs 76 kilograms - nine kilograms less than when he started his hunger strike two weeks ago and 17 kilograms less than before he was transferred to the penal camp in February.

The 44-year-old is on hunger strike to protest against the conditions in the prison camp.

Navalny complains that despite a back problem, paralysis in the limbs, fever and cough, he is not receiving adequate medical help.

He also filed a lawsuit against the prison administration for not having received any books, according to Nawalny's Instagram page.

In particular, a Koran had been withheld from him.

Reason: The book, which is permitted in Russia, must be checked for extremist content.

That is a violation of the law.

The last time Navalny saw his wife was in January in a Moscow courtroom - also behind a pane of glass.

He had been sentenced to several years in prison for allegedly violating probation conditions in a previous trial while he was recovering from the assassination attempt on him with the neurotoxin Novitschok in Germany.

The process is criticized in the West for being politically motivated.

Navalnaya headed her post on Instagram with "A post about love".

After her "date" with Navalny in the prison camp, she raves about it, saying that he is simply the best.

"He'll be fine."

kim / dpa / AFP

Source: spiegel

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