Supporters of Russian opposition chief Alexei Navalny had been detained Tuesday exterior a penal colony east of Moscow the place the Kremlin critic is presently serving time.

Navalny has been on starvation strike for almost per week to protest what he says is the failure of authorities to supply correct medical therapy for his again and leg pains.

Doctors from the Navalny-backed Alliance of Doctors union and supporters of the politician gathered in entrance of the jail. Navalny’s doctor and the union chief Dr. Anastasia Vasilyeva tried to get inside to fulfill with jail officers and see Navalny or speak to the jail medics about his situation, however had been turned away.

Local police stated they detained 9 individuals who allegedly “breached public order.” They included Vasilyeva and a CNN crew. Vasilyeva and the journalists had been quickly launched, whereas different members of the union remained in custody.

Navalny, 44, is Russian President Vladimir Putin’s fiercest home opponent. He was arrested in January upon returning to Moscow from Germany, the place he spent 5 months recovering from a nerve-agent poisoning that he blames on the Kremlin. Russian authorities have rejected the accusation.

A court docket ordered Navalny in February to serve 2 half years in jail for violating the phrases of his probation, together with when he was convalescing in Germany, from a 2014 embezzlement conviction. Navalny has rejected the conviction as fabricated, and the European Сourt of Human Rights discovered it “arbitrary and manifestly unreasonable.”

Authorities transferred Navalny final month from a Moscow jail to the IK-2 penal colony within the Vladimir area, 85 kilometers (53 miles) east of the Russian capital. The facility within the city of Pokrov stands out amongst Russian penitentiaries for its particularly strict inmate routines, which embrace standing at consideration for hours.

Within weeks of being imprisoned, Navalny stated he developed extreme again and leg pains and was successfully disadvantaged of sleep as a result of a guard checks on him hourly at night time. He went on a starvation strike final Wednesday, demanding entry to correct treatment and a go to from his physician.

Russia’s state penitentiary service has stated Navalny is receiving all of the medical assist he wants, however Vasilyeva and others from the Alliance of Doctors had vowed to go to the jail on Tuesday if the politician wasn’t allowed a go to from a professional impartial doctor by Monday night time.

“We’re gathering there not to protest. We’re gathering there to save a man who, like any one of us, has the right to life and health,” Vasilyeva stated in a YouTube video Monday.

In an Instagram submit Monday, Navalny stated that three of the 15 individuals he’s housed with had been identified with tuberculosis. He stated he had a powerful cough and a fever with a temperature of 38.1 levels Celsius (100.6 F).

The newspaper Izvestia carried a press release from the state penitentiary service late Monday saying Navalny had been the jail’s sanitary unit after a checkup discovered him having “signs of a respiratory illness, including a high fever.”

It was unclear Tuesday whether or not there had been any adjustments to the politician’s situation.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov stated Navalny would obtain the mandatory medical care however no preferential therapy.

“Of course, there can be no talk about special conditions for one of the convicted persons,” Peskov stated throughout a convention name with reporters. “There are certain rules for inmates who get sick. If the illness truly takes place, any relevant treatment will be provided.”

Vasilyeva from the Alliance of Doctors stated Tuesday she and her colleagues will preserve coming to the colony. “I see only one option. If nothing happens, then we will come here tomorrow and the day after tomorrow. We will keep coming with our colleagues, requesting information and (trying to) be involved in (Navalny’s) treatment somehow,” Vasilyeva stated. “We can’t back down. It’s a matter of a person’s life and death.”

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