Alexei Navalny Transferred to Hospital as Health Deteriorates

Carrie Guzman
April 20, 2021

Confirmation of Putin's participating in the summit via video link comes as Moscow trades barbs with Washington and the European Union over jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny and the conflict in Ukraine.

Ivan Zhdanov, head of Navalny's Anti-Corruption Foundation, said on Twitter the move "can only be understood to mean Navalny's condition has worsened, and worsened in such a way that even the torturer admits it".

The Navalny camp plans mass countrywide demonstrations on Wednesday from Kaliningrad in Russia's far west to Vladivostok on its Pacific coast.

United States national security adviser Jake Sullivan said on Sunday that Biden is weighing up a range of responses if Navalny dies, and that Moscow is aware of the threat.

Russian authorities, who have broken up previous allies and arrested thousands of people, said the planned protests were illegal and warned people not to take to the streets.

Navalny, an anti-corruption campaigner and Putin's most-prominent critic, was first arrested in January upon his return to Russian Federation following a suspected Novichok poisoning, that is thought to have been carried out by an FSB hit squad. While Navalny was able to meet with him Monday, he continued his hunger strike and "in general his look indicates he is really unwell", the lawyer added. Navalny is serving a three-and-a-half-year sentence over what his supporters say are trumped-up charges. Russian Federation says he has been treated well and is exaggerating illness to gain attention. US has expelled Russian diplomats alleging Russian interference in US Election.

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Hamacek said he had summoned Russian ambassador Alexander Zmeyevsky on Saturday evening to tell him about the decision. A woman waves a European Union flag in front of the Russian Embassy in Prague, Czech Republic, on April 18, 2021.

Earlier, his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian also said the bloc was watching Navalny's situation closely, as he warned of possible further sanctions against Russian Federation.

"The state of health of those convicted and jailed on Russian territory can not and should not be a theme of their interest", spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said.

The rising tensions between the former Soviet republics come against the background of a war of words between Moscow and Washington as US President Joe Biden seeks a tougher line against Putin.

"We seem to be moving in the direction of talking about sanctions and stuff", Goldberg said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin will on April 22 address an global climate summit hosted by the United States, the Kremlin said Monday, despite a sharp deterioration in ties between Moscow and Western capitals.

Concerns over Navalny's health have mounted against the background of a spike in tensions between Moscow and the West over a litany of issues, including Russia's troop build-up on Ukraine's border, interference in U.S. elections and other perceived hostile activities. The Kremlin has denied any role.

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