Jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny could die 'any minute', doctors warn

Jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny could die 'any minute', doctors warn

He is serving two and a half years on old embezzlement charges - which he says are politically motivated - in a penal colony in the town of Pokrov around 100 kilometers (60 miles) east of Moscow.

Alexei Navalny survived a poisoning past year.

His wife Yulia, who visited him earlier this week in prison, confirmed that he now weighs 76 kilograms, nine kilograms less than he was at the start of his hunger strike.

Prison authorities say they have offered Navalny proper medical care but that the 44-year-old opposition politician has refused it and insisted on being treated by a doctor of his choice from outside the facility, a request they have declined.

Their comments came a day after U.S. President Joe Biden said Navalny's plight was "totally, totally unfair, totally inappropriate".

According to her, the level of potassium concentration in Navalny's blood reached a "critical" level of 7.1 mmol / liter, "which means that impaired kidney function and serious heart problems may occur from one minute to the next". Russia's state penitentiary service has said that Navalny is receiving all the medical help he needs.

The doctors said he had to be examined immediately "taking into account the blood tests and his recent poisoning".

"Alexei is dying", she said on Facebook. 'With his condition it's a matter of days'.

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"Allow a doctor to see my dad", Navalny's daughter Dasha, a student at Stanford University, wrote on Twitter.

Their appeal was published late Friday by France's Le Monde newspaper.

"Call on all your acquaintances and take to central squares", wrote Volkov, who heads Navalny's regional offices, adding that the protests should be massive.

"We call on you, Mr. President, to ensure that Alexei Navalny is immediately given the medical treatment and care that he urgently requires - and is entitled to under Russian law".

Vasilyeva was reportedly detained earlier this month alongside other protesters outside Navalny's prison.

On Friday, Russian prosecutors asked a court to designate Navalny's Anti-Corruption Foundation and the network of his regional offices as "extremist" in a move that would outlaw them in Russia and could result in jail time for their members. As of Saturday, more than 440,000 people had signed up.

'The darkest times are beginning for free-thinking people, for civil society in Russian Federation, ' said Leonid Volkov, the head of Navalny's regional offices.

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