MOSCOW – Alexei A. Navalny, an opposition leader imprisoned in Russia this year who came back despite his life’s first attempt, is deteriorating health with unexplained illnesses and receiving substandard medical care, his lawyers said on Thursday said.
The jail’s doctors took 44-year-old Mr. Navalny to the hospital for tests on Wednesday, but gave no explanation for the complaint of severe pain in the back and numbness in one leg, and then returned him to the penal colony east of Moscow , His lawyer said, Olga Mikhailova.
“His health is extremely unfavorable and worsens every day,” he said in an interview after meeting Mr. Navalny in jail on Thursday. She said that her right leg is numb to the point that she cannot put weight on it. “We fear for their lives and their health.”
Shree Navalani Fell into a coma on an airplane flight Last August and was medically evacuated from Russia to Berlin. After extensive tests there, both German and French governments and international chemical weapons experts confirmed that they had been poisoned with a Soviet-designed military nerve agent, Novichok.
The poison was the latest in a series of murders and President Vladimir V. Western governments accused the Kremlin of attempting to assassinate Putin’s opponents. Mr Putin has denied any state role in Mr Navalny’s downfall, arguing that if Russian agents wanted to kill him, they would have succeeded.
Mr Navalny returned to Russia in January despite fears from his supporters for his safety. He was detained for a parole violation – failure to report to Russian authorities while he was being treated for poisoning in Germany – on a previous crime that he and his colleagues dismiss as politically motivated, And sentenced to more than two years in the punitive colony.
Ms Mikhailova said that her new, hitherto painless symptoms, including back pain, began about a month ago, but worsened this week, and she could not rule out the effects of nerve agent poisoning.
Mr. Navalny had asked his lawyers not to make the symptoms public earlier this week, he said. He vented his concerns to allow a meeting with Mr. Navalny only after being refused by prison authorities on Wednesday, which he said was given after a meeting on Thursday.
Prison doctors have only provided ibuprofen pills and an ibuprofen-based topical ointment for pain, she said, and have refused permission to use it with drugs provided by attorneys or for individual therapists.
The prison health system, she said, has not provided a diagnosis for the symptoms to lawyers or Mr. Navalny. She said she feared that her condition would worsen if Mr. Navalny was not transferred to care soon.
Earlier on Thursday, Russian prison officials said Mr Navalny’s health was “stable and satisfactory” after an examination, the Tass news agency Reported.
Ms Mikhailova said the prison doctors were not qualified for her treatment, and appealed to a specialist to go to Moscow for an investigation. “His condition is deteriorating, not improving. With the treatment he is undergoing in jail,” he said.
His condition has worsened due to lack of sleep, he said, adding that the guards woke him hourly, which would normally confirm his presence in the prison barracks, as he was classified as a flight risk. is.
After his poisoning, Mr. Navalny and the open-source investigative group Bellingcat studied the phone records of Russian security service agents and other clues to what he called an assassination attempt.
Mr. Navalny said that the poison, which can be fatal to the touch, was applied inside a pair of his underpants. It was the same class of nerve agent who sickened many people in England and killed one of them in 2018, which the Western intelligence agencies said Sergey V. An unsuccessful attempt to kill Skripal, A former Russian spy.
In Germany, Mr. Navalny went through months or rehabilitation and described neurological symptoms, including disorientation and trouble walking, in interviews. By the end of last year, he said he was fully recovered.