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Senin, 05 April 2021

Alexei Navalny says he has cough and temperature amid TB outbreak in Russian prison as Vladimir Putin signs order that could make him President until 2036 - ABC News

Jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny says he has a high temperature and a bad cough, and that three of the 15 inmates in his Russian prison ward are being treated in hospital for tuberculosis.

The 44-year-old, a prominent critic of President Vladimir Putin, went on a hunger strike last week to protest against what he said was the refusal of prison authorities to give him proper medical care for acute back and leg pain.

His allies said they would stage a rolling protest outside his prison from Tuesday unless he was examined by a doctor of his choice and given what they regard as proper medicine.

State media and some members of a prison monitoring group have accused him of faking his medical problems to keep himself in the public eye, something Mr Navalny and his allies deny.

On Monday, Mr Navalny said that a third person from his ward had been taken to hospital with tuberculosis, that he had a high temperature and cough, and joked darkly that catching the disease might offer him relief from his other ailments.

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"I quote the official statistics of today's temperature measurement: "Navalny AA, bad cough, temperature 38.1," he wrote in a post on Instagram, adding that he planned to continue his hunger strike.

A temperature above 38 degrees Celsius most often indicates a fever caused by an infection or illness.

Mr Navalny's lawyers have visited him regularly in custody and have helped him continue to post messages on social media as he serves a three-and-a-half-year prison sentence.

Authorities at the IK-2 corrective penal colony 100 kilometres east of Moscow, where the opposition politician is being held, did not immediately respond to a request for comment about a tuberculosis outbreak or Mr Navalny's temperature and cough.

They had said previously that his condition was satisfactory and that he has been provided with all necessary medical care.

Putin clears way until 2036

An elderly grey-haired man sits at wood-grain table in a suit with a Russian flag behind.
Vladimir Putin has held high power in Russia since 2000.(

AP: Alexei Druzhinin

)

Meanwhile, Mr Putin has signed a law that will allow him to run for the presidency twice more in his lifetime, potentially keeping him in office until 2036.

The Russian President signed the legislation on Monday, ending a year-long process to "reset" his presidential terms by rewriting the constitution through a referendum-like process that his critics have called a crude power grab.

Mr Putin has been Russia's most powerful politician since he assumed the presidency in 2000, after the resignation of his predecessor, Boris Yeltsin.

If he remains in power until 2036, his tenure will surpass even that of Joseph Stalin, who ruled the Soviet Union for 29 years, making Mr Putin the longest-serving Moscow leader since the Russian empire.

Officially, the new law limits Russian citizens to two presidential terms in their lifetime, outlawing the kind of shuffling between the presidency and the role of prime minister that Mr Putin employed earlier in his career.

But the law specifically does not count terms served until they are entered into force, meaning that his past four terms, including the current one, do not count and he can still serve two more.

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