Navalny must receive medical aid, EU tells Russia

Reuters , Monday 19 Apr 2021

'We make the Russian authorities responsible for the health situation of Mr Navalny,' Borrell said in a video statement before the meeting, which will take place by video conference

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FILE PHOTO: In this file photo taken on June 24, 2019 Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny attends a hearing at a court in Moscow. AFP

Russia must allow Alexei Navalny to have access to proper healthcare, the European Union's top diplomat said on Monday before a meeting of EU foreign ministers.

"We make the Russian authorities responsible for the health situation of Mr Navalny," Borrell said in a video statement before the meeting, which will take place by video conference.

Navalny, 44, a prominent opponent of Russian President Vladimir Putin, announced a hunger strike at the end of March in protest at what he said was the refusal of prison authorities to treat him properly for acute back and leg pain. 

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