Navalni abandons the hunger strike after seeing his demands partially satisfied. The activist was recently examined in a civil hospital by specialists, who carried out the medical tests required by trusted doctors.
“Maintaining the hunger strike would be dangerous for his life and health,” the blogger’s close specialists had warned.
Following the advice of doctors he trusts, Alekséi Navalni, the main opposition leader in Russia, announced this Friday that he is preparing to abandon the hunger strike that began at the end of March.
The day before, doctors belonging to a union close to the blogger had asked him to leave the protest , after having seen their demands partially satisfied. However, in a post published on his Instagram account, the activist maintains his request to be visited by specialists of his choice.
“Maintaining the hunger strike would be dangerous for his life and for his health”, Anastasia Vasilieva , at the head of the Alliance of Doctors , had confirmed .
Last Tuesday, the day before a citizen protest in which thousands of citizens from all over Russia participated, the blogger was transferred for the first time since his imprisonment to a civil hospital in the city of Vladimir , about 180 kilometers east of Moscow. , where he was examined by various neurologists and urologists.
There, the tests required by those close to him were performed to make an accurate diagnosis . Leonid Volkov,leader of the Fund against Corruption (FBK) abroad, presented the hospital visit of the opponent as a victory of the street demonstrations. What happened shows that the system “reacts to pressure,” he wrote on his Instagram account.
The opponent had been complaining for months of back pain and loss of sensation in the extremities. He had been diagnosed with a double herniated disc , and given the worsening of his symptoms , he demanded to be visited by doctors he trusted .
Last summer, Navalni was poisoned with a nerve agent from the Novichok family , and was transferred to Germany and hospitalized there. Last Wednesday, thousands of people took to the streets throughout Russia demanding adequate and proper medical treatment for him.