Navalny taken to hospital as fears for his life grow

Navalny taken to hospital as fears for his life grow

Navalny is serving a 2-1/2 year sentence on old embezzlement charges he calls trumped up.

"Act now, or the blood of Mr Navalny will forever be on your hands", said Manfred Weber, who lead's the European Parliament's biggest grouping, the European People's Party.

Russia's prison service on Monday insisted his condition was "satisfactory", despite moving him to the medical facility, and said he was taking vitamin supplements as part of medical treatment.

Mr Navalny's family and team raised the alarm about his health last month when the Kremlin's most outspoken critic went on hunger strike to protest the prison administration's refusal to let him see a civilian doctor following pains in his back and legs.

Navalny blames the attack on President Vladimir Putin, a claim the Kremlin has repeatedly denied.

Putin said the two sides have engaged in in-depth discussions on major issues of bilateral cooperation, and have coordinated to form numerous social-political initiatives on party building and legislative work that meet the needs of reality.

Russian police detained several allies raided two of his regional offices, a protest monitoring group said.

Mr. Navalny, 44, was arrested in Russian Federation in January after returning from treatment in Germany for a near-fatal nerve agent poisoning he says was carried out by Moscow - accusations denied by Mr. Putin's administration.

Alexei Navalny Transferred to Hospital as Health Deteriorates
Lawyers say he suffers from two herniated discs that have caused extreme back pain and numbness in his right leg and hands. Several Navalny allies dismissed the hospital transfer announced by the prison service as insufficient.

Russia has additionally provoked much consternation in the U.S. and other Western countries with a military buildup on the border to eastern Ukraine, where Russian-backed separatists have been fighting government forces since 2014.

A lawyer, permitted a short visit on Monday, reported Mr. Navalny has still not received proper medical attention and is continuing the hunger strike.

The European Union and the United States have imposed sanctions on Russians it deems responsible for Navalny's poisoning. "The state of health of those convicted and jailed on Russian territory can not and should not be a theme of their interest", spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

The EU said 150,000 Russian troops were now massed along Ukraine's borders and in the annexed Crimea peninsula, scaling down Borrell's earlier comment on the numbers. Putin, for example, accepted Biden's invitation to a virtual climate summit later this week and is expected to speak.

The Czech Republic said on Monday (19 April) Russia's eviction of 20 Czech embassy employees in response to Prague's expulsion of 18 Russian staff was a stronger than expected reaction and the government would consider further steps.

The arms depot explosions in October and December 2014 came as North Atlantic Treaty Organisation considered transferring Czech arms to Ukraine to help it fight Russian-backed separatists.

Washington and Moscow have recently expelled 10 of each other's diplomats in tit-for-tat moves. The Kremlin has denied any role.

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