Navalny went on a hunger strike demanding to admit a doctor

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Navalny went on a hunger strike demanding to admit a doctor

Oppositionist previously in prison complained of pain and lack of medical care

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who is serving a prison sentence in a colony in the Vladimir region, is on a hunger strike.

A message about this appeared on Wednesday on the politician’s Instagram page. According to him, the decision is due to the fact that prisoners have no other methods of fighting for their rights.

“I went on a hunger strike demanding that the law be obeyed and that an invited doctor be allowed to visit me,” he wrote.

Previously, Navalny complained of back and leg pain and lack of access to medical care.

“I have the right to call a doctor and get medicine,” the post says. “And instead of medical assistance, I am tortured with sleep deprivation (they wake me up 8 times a night).”

In January, the court sentenced Navalny to two and a half years in prison, having found him guilty of violating the rules of conditional release under an earlier sentence, which the oppositionist himself calls politically motivated.