Navalny went on hunger strike last week to protest the prison officials’ refusal to give him access to adequate medical care. He had suffered acute back pain that had impaired his ability to walk and his condition was exacerbated by alleged “sleep deprivation torture,” one of his lawyers said last month.
Navalny said the prison does not have the food and nutrients it needs to keep inmates healthy. His temperature was given as 38.1 degrees Celsius and he had a severe cough.
The Kremlin said Tuesday that Navalny would not receive any special conditions or treatment while in prison. It has been tested for Covid-19 and the result is negative, Navalny’s lawyer Vadim Kobzev told CNN on Wednesday.
In Monday’s Post, Navalny also said there had been an outbreak of tuberculosis among his cellmates, with three of the group’s 15 prisoners recently hospitalized with the disease.
“And what? Do you think there’s a state of emergency, ambulance sirens wail? Nobody cares, the bosses just worry about how to hide the statistics,” Navalny said in the Post.
The Russian newspaper Izvestia quoted the Russian Prison Services (FSIN) on Monday as saying that Navalny had been moved to a “medical department with acute respiratory infections” and tested for coronavirus. FSIN did not respond to a request for comment from CNN.
Peskov said Navalny’s treatment was a matter for the prison services and that he would not receive any special treatment.
“All the necessary activities are carried out there. And of course there are no special conditions for any of the convicts. There are certain rules, including rules for treating sick prisoners. Therefore, if we really are.” When we talk about a disease, treatment is carried out at the prescribed level, “the Kremlin spokesman said during a conference call with journalists on Tuesday.
“Practically exemplary” penal colony
In the post published on Monday, Navalny also criticized the Russian state media’s recent reporting on conditions inside the penal colony.
Last week, a film crew from the Russian state-controlled TV broadcaster RT visited the prison with Maria Butina, a Russian TV personality interested in gun rights who now works for the network. The report said the prison was “practically exemplary”.
Butina was convicted of conspiracy as a foreign state agent in the United States and served behind bars in Florida for more than 15 months. She pleaded guilty to trying to infiltrate conservative political circles and advance Russian interests before and after the 2016 presidential election.
Navalny backed down against RT’s assessment of the conditions.
“This is what our ‘ideal, exemplary colony’ looks like. Every prisoner prays to God not to come here, but inside there are unsanitary conditions, tuberculosis, lack of medication. I am generally surprised that there is no Ebola virus here there, “said Navalny on Monday in the Instagram post.
“I have the legally guaranteed right to invite a specialist at my own expense. I will not give up, prison doctors can be trusted just as much as state television,” he added.
CNN’s Darya Tarasova contributed to the coverage.