The main critic of President Vladimir Putin is in danger of dying in prison, according to the human rights organization.
Wednesday reports The Guardian that his state of health has deteriorated, among other things, by him losing feeling in his hands. He already has severe back pain and symptoms reminiscent of tuberculosis.
The head of Amnesty International believes that the way in which the opposition leader is being treated is pure torture.
– He is placed under conditions that Amnesty International believes are torture, says Secretary General Agnès Callamard in a TV interview.
– Being prevented from sleeping is a form of torture. The fact that he is awakened every hour or every other hour is a form of torture, she repeats.
The interview was conducted in Paris, where the well-known human rights organization is headquartered.
Navalny has said the guards wake him up eight times each night. Deprivation of sleep is a known method of torture.
“The fact that he does not have access to a doctor he can trust is a form of inhuman treatment,” said the secretary general.
– When you add up everything he is exposed to, it seems to me that the Russian authorities deliberately place him in a situation where he may suffer a slow death. And it is possible that they are trying to hide what they are doing to him, Callamard continues.
– Biden worried
Amnesty International’s concerns come the day after Navalny’s doctor, Anastasia Vasilyeva, was arrested outside prison where the Russian opposition politician zones.
Vasilyeva wanted to bring medicine to Navalny and check his health.
On Wednesday night, there will also be reports of concern from the White House.
– We are upset about the reports that Navalny’s health has deteriorated. We ask the Russian authorities to do everything to ensure that he is well taken care of, says President Joe Biden’s spokeswoman Jen Psaki.
“As long as he is in prison, it is the responsibility of the Russian government to ensure that his health is good,” says Psaki.
Opposition politician Alexei Navalny wrote on Instagram on Monday that he would continue his hunger strike in prison, even though his health had deteriorated.
Navalny has been on hunger strike since Wednesday last week.
Prison authorities have stated that he has been transferred from the cell to the prison hospital which is part of a prison colony in Pokorov.
According to Navalny’s employees, he lost eight kilos even before the hunger strike began.
Three of the fellow prisoners have been transferred to the hospital after being diagnosed with tuberculosis.
Navalny was arrested at a Moscow airport in January after returning from medical treatment in Germany.
The well-known opposition politician was sent to Germany in a hurry last autumn after being poisoned by the nerve gas Novitsjok.
Alexei Navalny is serving a 2.5-year prison sentence for fraud and defamation, which his supporters believe is a politically motivated sentence.
Navalny is a well-known critic of the Kremlin and Putin. The imprisonment has been met with strong criticism from high quarters.
– Must be set free
In March, Norway and 44 other countries in the UN Human Rights Council demanded the release of Navalny.
NATO has also criticized Russia for this.
“We are sending a clear political message and requesting an impartial investigation into the Navalny case, and that Alexei Navalny and others arrested be released immediately,” said NATO Chief Jens Stoltenberg in Brussels on March 24.
The Kremlin will not comment on the state of health of Navalny. In a statement on Tuesday, they said that if he is ill, he will receive the same treatment as other prisoners.