Putin foe Navalny sent to prison hospital amid hunger strike

Trump praises Putin on Fox News- after Alexei Navalny hospitalized in prison

U.S. President Joe Biden's national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, said Sunday that Moscow had been warned that there will be repercussions if Navalny dies in custody. In recent years, Mr. Navalny, through brilliant combination of investigative technique, video production and social media savvy, became the leading voice criticizing Mr. Putin, documenting how the onetime KGB officer in the Kremlin became mega-rich.

The opposition politician was arrested on his return to Russian Federation in January from Germany, where he had spent months recovering from a poisoning attack with the Novichok nerve agent.

In February, a Moscow court ruled that while in Germany, Mr Navalny violated probation terms of his suspended sentence from a 2014 money-laundering conviction and ordered him to serve two years and eight months in prison.

Navalny, who is in the third week of a hunger strike, will be transferred to a hospital, the Russian state penitentiary service said Monday. Russian Federation says he has been treated well and is exaggerating illness to gain attention.

Mr Navalny is 20 days into a hunger strike and is being denied access to his own doctors.

The US intelligence community said in its Threat Assessment Report last week that the United States sees Russian Federation and China as its top challengers due to advancements in their military capabilities. European Union foreign ministers are going to discuss the situation on Monday.

Navalny's team has called on supporters to take to the streets on Wednesday - when Putin is due to deliver his annual state of the nation address - to protest how he is being treated. In the past, security forces have violently broken up demonstrations.

U.S. warns Russian Federation of consequences if Navalny dies in prison
Meanwhile, Maas' French counterpart, Jean-Yves Le Drian said his country is "extremely concerned" over Navalny's health. In an interview with the BBC , however, Russia's ambassador to Britain accused him of attention-seeking.

For now, several Navalny allies have dismissed as insufficient the move to move him to the prison hospital. Ivan Zhdanov, head of the Foundation for Fighting Corruption, tweeted that the transfer takes Navalny merely to another "tormenting colony, just with a big in-patient facility, where gravely ill are being transferred".

On Tuesday morning the team was once again barred from seeing him, but was told to try again later in the day.

The prison authorities said on Monday that he has now agreed to take vitamins.

Once Mr. Navalny was in prison, the guards tormented him, waking him loudly every hour through the night so he could not sleep.

His demands for a visit from an independent "civilian" physician were rebuffed by prison officials, and he went on hunger strike on March 31.

Others have suggested that Putin is responding to pressures within Russian Federation itself, including growing political opposition from Navalny and those linked to him.

On Monday, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, reiterated her calls for Navalny's release and to "give him full access to medical care in light of his serious health deterioration".

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