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Rabu, 07 April 2021

Jailed Kremlin critic Navalny tests negative for coronavirus after reportedly having a temperature and cough - ABC News

Jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny has tested negative for the coronavirus, his lawyer Olga Mikhailova said, adding that he has taken a second test.

Mr Navalny, 44, an opponent of President Vladimir Putin, announced last week he was going on a hunger strike in protest at what he said was the refusal of prison authorities to treat him properly for acute back and leg pain.

Human rights group Amnesty International earlier on Wednesday said Mr Navalny had been incarcerated in conditions that amount to torture and may slowly be killing him.

Earlier, Russian police detained nine people outside of the prison as a small group of his supporters came to the facility.

Authorities turned away a doctor who tried to see him.

Some allies had said they would protest from Tuesday at the prison in the town of Pokrov, about 100 kilometres east of Moscow, unless he saw a doctor of his choice and was given proper medicine.

The prison has previously said his health is satisfactory and that he has had all necessary medical care.

Mr Navalny's wife, Yulia, said she had received a letter from prison authorities dated March 17, saying he did not have his passport with him and that this could prevent him from being admitted to hospital if ill.

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The Vladimir Putin critic was detained as he returned to Russia for the first time since he was poisoned with a nerve agent.

'I believe he's innocent' 

Mr Navalny was handed a jail term of around 2 and a half years in February after a court ruled he had violated parole for a fraud conviction in a case he says was politically motivated.

"I believe he is innocent. I'm fully on his side," said Antonina Romanova, a Navalny supporter outside the prison.

"It happens that for some reason the people who can sort things out in the country end up in jail."

Mr Navalny said on Monday he had a high temperature and bad cough and that three inmates in his ward had been admitted to the hospital with tuberculosis.

The pro-Kremlin newspaper Izvestia later cited the state prison service as saying Navalny had been moved to a sickbay and tested for COVID-19.

The Kremlin declined to comment on Mr Navalny's health but said he would receive medical care like any other prisoner if ill. 

Reuters/AP

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