Alexei Navalny has said that he is ending his hunger strike after receiving medical attention and has been warned by his doctors that continuing it could endanger his life.
In an Instagram post on Friday afternoon, the 24th of his hunger strike, the jailed Russian opposition leader said he would continue to demand a visit from his doctor to address the loss of sensation in his legs and arms, his main demand to the launch your hunger strike.
But he said he would stop refusing food after being examined by doctors who are not in prison.
“Thanks to the great support of good people across the country and around the world, we have made great progress,” Navalny said in his message.
The 44-year-old politician, who was arrested this year and is serving a two-and-a-half-year sentence, went on a hunger strike on March 31 to protest against the prison authorities’ refusal to allow his doctors to visit after he developed severe back pain and numbness in the legs.
Officials insisted that Navalny was receiving the medical help he needed, but Navalny said that, in fact, he had not received any treatment.
On Wednesday night, a new round of massive protests demanding his freedom swept across Russia. A senior adviser said the protests on Wednesday night appeared to have prompted a commitment from the Russian authorities to get Navalny the medical help he had demanded when starting the hunger strike.
Navalny, who is President Vladimir Putin’s best-known critic, was arrested in January upon his return from Germany, where he had spent five months recovering from a nerve agent poisoning that blames the Kremlin, accusations Russian officials reject.
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