Navalny moved to prison hospital

Moscow, Apr 19 (EFE).- Imprisoned Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been moved to a prison hospital, the country’s prisons authority reported on Monday, which said he was in “satisfactory” health condition.

“Navalny’s health condition is assessed as satisfactory; he is examined by a general practitioner every day,” the federal penitentiary authority said in a statement.

“The patient was prescribed vitamins after he gave his consent,” the statement added.

Meanwhile, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the government was not monitoring Navalny’s health condition.

“I have no information about the prisoner in question’s health and therefore I cannot accept your claims about some kind of critical condition on faith alone,” he said during a daily press conference.

After the United States warned Russia that there would be unspecified consequences for the Kremlin if Navalny dies, Peskov said “We don’t take such statements made by representatives of other states in any way.”

“The state of health of convicts and prisoners on Russian territory cannot and should not be a topic of interest for them,” he underlined.

Over the weekend, Navalny’s team said the dissident’s health was concerning and that he was suffering serious health issues.

Navalny’s wife, Yulia Navalnaya, visited him in jail last week and said in an Instagram post that he had difficulty speaking and that he had lost 16 kilos since he entered the prison facility in February.

The 44-year-old opposition politician complained of back problems, fever and cough in recent posts to Instagram.

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