Moscow: Supporters of Russian opposition chief Alexei Navalny have been detained outdoors a penal colony east of Moscow the place the Kremlin critic is serving as we speak.
Navalny has been on starvation strike for almost every week to protest what he says is the authority’s failure to supply correct medical therapy for his shoulders and legs.
Docs from the Alliance of Docs union backed by Navalny and supporters of the politician met Tuesday, now native, in entrance of the jail, however authorities have denied their request for entry.
Native police stated they’d arrested 9 individuals who allegedly “violated public order”. They included Navalny’s physician and the top of the Alliance of Physicians, Dr. Anastasia Vasilyeva, and several other journalists.
Navalny, 44, is the staunchest opponent of Russian President Vladimir Putin. He was arrested in January on his return to Moscow from Germany, the place he spent 5 months recovering from a nerve agent poisoning that plagued the Kremlin. Russian authorities have denied the accusation.
A courtroom ordered Navalny in February to serve 2 years in jail for violating the phrases of his trial, even when he was convalescing in Germany, from a 2014 embezzlement sentence. Navalny rejected the sentence as falsified, and the European Court docket of Human Rights discovered it “arbitrary and manifestly unreasonable.”
Authorities transferred Navalny final month from a Moscow jail to the IK-2 penal colony within the Vladimir area, 85 kilometers east of the Russian capital. The ability within the city of Pokrov stands out amongst Russian penitentiaries for its notably strict detention routines, which embrace being detained for hours.
Seven weeks after his arrest, Navalny stated he developed extreme ache in his again and legs and was successfully disadvantaged of sleep as a result of a guard checked him each hour at evening. He went on a starvation strike final Wednesday, asking for entry to applicable medicine and a go to from his physician.