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Russian Opposition Figure Navalny Ends Hunger Strike In Prison

Navalny Begins Prison Hunger Strike As Supporters Claim Kremlin "Slowly Killing" Him
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Kremlin opposition figure and self-styled anti-corruption activist Alexei Navalny ended his hunger strike in a Russian prison where he is jailed for ‘breaking his probation’ after seeking medical treatment from allegedly being poisoned with Novichok, a chemical agent developed by Soviet intelligence agencies.

Jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny ended his three-week hunger strike Friday, saying it had resulted in “huge progress” and thanking his supporters, reported The Moscow Times.

In a post on Instagram, Navalny said he was following the advice of his supporters and doctors, who had warned he could die “at any minute,” if he continued to refuse meals in the prison colony where is serving a two and a half year sentence on charges he calls politically motivated.

“Two months ago, people were laughing at my requests for medical help. I was given no medicine. A month ago, I was laughed in the face for asking things like ‘what is my diagnosis?’ and ‘can I see my own medical records?’”

“But now I have been examined twice by a team of civilian doctors … Their words that ‘very soon there will be no one to treat’ … deserve attention. Taking into account all the circumstances, I am getting out of the hunger strike” Navalny wrote.

Meanwhile, the Kremlin continued to cast doubt on the poisoning, seeing it as a propaganda campaign by Western intel assets to damage the Putin government.

German officials, who have expressed alarm over the health of Russian blogger Alexey Navalny, must provide Moscow with the results of his medical tests, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Friday in an interview with the RT Deutsch TV channel, reported Russian state news agency TASS.

Zakharova reiterated that this “unsightly story” with the alleged poisoning of Navalny was staged on German territory. “This is a serious matter that really has damaged bilateral relations significantly,” she noted. “What is more, recently, I have heard many statements by Western representatives claiming that Navalny’s current health condition is due to him allegedly being poisoned with a chemical weapon back then. We sent about four official requests and three letters from our law enforcement bodies to Germany, and we did not receive a clear answer,” she specified.

The spokeswoman clarified that Berlin must provide Moscow with the data about what Navalny was allegedly poisoned with, in Germany’s opinion, and hand over his test results. “If the West cares about his health so much today, why have they failed to this day, for over six months, to provide what they are obligated to provide?” Zakharova asked.

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