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US warns of ‘penalties’ if Alexei Navalny dies in jail; Russia’s Opposition requires mass protests – World News , Firstpost

Navalny started a starvation strike on 31 March to demand correct medical remedy for again ache and numbness in his legs and arms. His press secretary on Saturday warned that he ‘is dying’

File picture of Alexei Navalny. AFP

Washington: The United States on Sunday warned Russia of “consequences” if the hunger-striking Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny dies in jail, because the Opposition politician’s crew referred to as for mass protests throughout Russia to assist save his life.

A day after Navalny’s docs mentioned Vladimir Putin’s most distinguished critic may die “any minute”, US president Joe Biden’s nationwide safety advisor mentioned Washington had warned the Kremlin that it could be “held accountable by the international community” if he died.

France, Germany and the European Union on Sunday joined a rising worldwide refrain of protest at Navalny’s plight, and EU international ministers will talk about the scenario on Monday.

Concerns over Navalny’s well being have mounted towards the background of a brand new spike in tensions between Moscow and the West over a litany of points, together with Russia’s troop build-up on Ukraine’s border, interference in US elections and different perceived hostile actions.

Navalny’s crew on Sunday referred to as for large protests throughout Russia on Wednesday night, simply hours after Putin is ready to ship his state of nation handle.

“It’s to time to act. We are talking not just about Navalny’s freedom but his life,” Navalny’s right-hand man Leonid Volkov mentioned on Facebook.

Volkov mentioned Wednesday’s rally may change into a decisive battle towards “absolute evil” or Russia’s final Opposition rally for years to come back.

“Call on all your acquaintances and take to central squares,” wrote Volkov, who heads Navalny’s regional places of work, including that the protests must be huge.

‘Won’t be allowed to die’

There was no speedy response from the Kremlin however the Russian ambassador in London, Andrei Kelin, mentioned Navalny “will not be allowed to die in prison.”

“But I can say that Mr Navalny, he behaves like a hooligan,” Kelin informed the BBC.

Authorities have ramped up strain on Navalny’s supporters in latest months, detaining greater than 10,000 protesters at Opposition demonstrations in January and February.

On Friday, Russian prosecutors requested a courtroom to label Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation and the community of his regional places of work as “extremist” organisations, in a transfer that may outlaw them in Russia and will end in jail time for his or her members and even supporters.

Navalny was arrested in January on returning to Russia after recovering from a near-fatal poisoning assault he says was orchestrated by the Kremlin. The Kremlin denies the allegation.

The Putin critic is serving two and a half years on outdated embezzlement prices, which he says are politically motivated, in a penal colony within the city of Pokrov round 100 kilometres (60 miles) east of Moscow.

Navalny started a starvation strike on 31 March to demand correct medical remedy for again ache and numbness in his legs and arms.

On Saturday, Navalny’s docs mentioned his well being had quickly deteriorated and demanded jail officers grant them speedy entry.

“Our patient can die any minute,” heart specialist Yaroslav Ashikhmin mentioned, pointing to Navalny’s excessive potassium ranges and saying he must be moved to intensive care.

A crew of docs together with Navalny’s private physician Anastasia Vasilyeva made an new try on Sunday to see Navalny however weren’t allowed in, they mentioned in a video.

‘Totally unfair’ 

Biden mentioned on Saturday that Navalny’s plight was “totally, totally unfair, totally inappropriate”.

National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan added on Sunday the Kremlin had been warned “that there will be consequences if Mr Navalny dies.”

EU international coverage chief Josep Borrell referred to as Navalny’s detention “politically motivated” and mentioned “Russian authorities are responsible for Mr Navalny’s safety and health”.

German international minister Heiko Maas in the meantime mentioned “we urgently demand that Alexei Navalny receive adequate medical treatment and access to doctors he trusts”.

His French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian added that the EU was watching Navalny’s case and warned of potential additional EU sanctions towards Russia.

Earlier this week Washington slapped new sanctions towards Moscow over a large cyber assault, election meddling and different actions.

Navalny’s docs mentioned his blood potassium ranges have been at 7.1 mmol (millimole) per litre, considerably greater than the stage which often requires speedy remedy.

“Alexei is dying,” spokeswoman Kira Yarmysh mentioned on Saturday. “With his condition it’s a matter of days.”

More than 70 distinguished actors, writers, artists and teachers together with Jude Law, Vanessa Redgrave and Benedict Cumberbatch, have referred to as on Putin to make sure that Navalny receives correct remedy instantly.


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