© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: FILE PHOTO: Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny attends a trial in Moscow
By Andrew Osborn and Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber
MOSCOW (Reuters) – All Kremlin critics, Alexei Navalny, announced plans on Sunday for what they hope will be the biggest rally in modern Russian history on Wednesday as Washington warns Russia will pay the price if he dies in prison from a hunger strike.
The protest date came after a medical union linked to Navalny said Saturday that he was in critical condition, citing medical tests suggesting that Navalny’s kidneys could soon be failure, which can lead to cardiac arrest.
“Things are growing too fast and too bad,” his allies wrote in a statement on Navalny’s website, announcing their plans for street protests across the country they had. described as an attempt to obtain medical care that saved his life and as an objection to a persecution of his supporters.
“An extreme situation requires extreme decisions,” they said.
The fate of Navalny, 44, one of President Vladimir Putin’s most famous critics, is exacerbating already stiff tensions in Russia’s relations with the West. President Joe Biden’s national security adviser, Jake Sullivan on Sunday said the US government had told Russia “there would be consequences” if Navalny died in jail.
European Union ministers are expected to discuss the Navalny case on Monday and Josep Borrell, the bloc’s top diplomat, pledged to ask Moscow to explain the matter.
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas urged Navalny to get immediate medical attention as well as the US State Department, while French President Emmanuel Macron says world powers should draw a “clear red line” with Russia and consider possible sanctions when they are crossed.
The British Foreign Ministry said London was also deeply concerned by reports of unacceptable treatment of Navalny and that his health continued to deteriorate.
Authorities have cracked down on pro-Navalny rallies with force in the past, arresting thousands of people, and the rally is scheduled for Wednesday to take place the same day when President Vladimir Putin delivers his speech National level.
That poses a showdown that Navalny’s allies describe as the last chance to stop Russia from sinking into “darkness”.
“A really tough final battle between the average man and the absolute evil is ahead,” they said.
Russian authorities accuse Navalny of exaggerating the state of her health to attract attention and deny medical care in prison. They made a pledge to make sure he survived.
“He will not be allowed to die in prison, but I can say that Mr. Navalny, he behaves like a thug,” Andrei Kelin, the Russian ambassador to the UK, said in an interview with the BBC today. Sunday.
Navalny said the prison authorities were threatening to put him in a tight-fitting jacket to force-feed him unless he received food. Several activists have called for him out of the country for urgent medical care.
Navalny went to Germany last August for treatment following a nerve agent attack he blamed Putin on. He was arrested in January on his return to Russia and jailed for 2 to 2 years in February for pardoned offenses that he said were fabricated.
The Kremlin says it sees no evidence that he has been poisoned and has denied any Russian role if any.
Authorities disqualified Navalny and his supporters because US-backed subversives were trying to destabilize Russia and moves underway to declare them extremists opened up. Association for long prison sentences.
Navalny began denying food on March 31 in protest of what he said was the prison authorities’ refusal to provide him with adequate medical care due to acute back and leg pain.
The prison authorities said Navalny had been given appropriate medical care but refused, insisting on treatment by a doctor of his choice from outside the facility, demanding they were refuse.
Navalny’s allies say he refuses medical treatment in prison because it is outdated and sometimes dangerous.
‘LIFE OF THREAD’
Navalny’s allies have declared a postponement of the rallies after staging three of them at the height of winter. Some protesters were dissatisfied when the protests were halted, but organizers said they would hold a massive rally after 500,000 online registrants joined.
Faced with Navalny’s poor health, organizers said they still called for the rally on Wednesday even though their target was short of around 40,000.
They said: “Navalny is in prison right now and his life is a hairline. We don’t know how long he can hold out.” “Alexei Navalny’s life and the fate of Russia depends on how many citizens take to the streets on Wednesday.”
Navalny’s daughter, Dasha, a student at Stanford University, made a call on Twitter on Sunday for her father to meet a doctor of his choice.