Russia detains Navalny supporters exterior jail holding Kremlin critic By Reuters

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© Reuters. Regulation enforcement officers stand guard close to a safety checkpoint of the IK-2 corrective penal colony in Pokrov

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By Maria Tsvetkova

POKROV, Russia (Reuters) – Russian police detained 9 folks exterior a jail holding Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny on Tuesday as a small group of his supporters got here to the power and authorities turned away a physician who tried to see him.

Navalny, 44, a distinguished opponent of President Vladimir Putin, introduced a starvation strike final week in protest at what he stated was the refusal of jail authorities to deal with him correctly for acute again and leg ache.

Some allies had threatened to protest on the jail within the city of Pokrov from Tuesday until he noticed a physician of his selection and was given correct drugs. The jail has stated his well being is passable and that he has had all mandatory medical care.

On Tuesday, Anastasiya Vasilyeva, a Navalny ally who leads a docs’ commerce union that authorities see as opposition activists, stated she had not come to protest.

As an alternative, she stated she had an appointment with a senior jail official and needed to be let in to see Navalny and verify on his well being. She was turned away.

Police later detained her together with a minimum of six different folks, together with a number of supporters and two reporters for CNN, in line with Reuters correspondents.

“All our peaceable actions do not work. It appears like they wish to kill Alexei,” Vasilyeva stated as she was led away.

Police stated 9 folks had been taken into custody for flouting public order.

Authorities stepped up safety on the jail early on Tuesday, closing a car parking zone to all however jail workers, establishing a makeshift checkpoint and blocking the street.

“It’s now beneath a particular (safety) regime,” a policewoman instructed Reuters.

Navalny stated late on Monday that he had a excessive temperature and dangerous cough and that three inmates in his ward had been hospitalised with tuberculosis. He stated, nonetheless, that he deliberate to proceed his starvation strike.

The professional-Kremlin Izvestia newspaper later cited the state jail service saying that Navalny had been moved to a sick bay and examined for the coronavirus.

The Kremlin declined to touch upon Navalny’s well being, however stated that he would obtain medical care like every other prisoner if he was in poor health.

Antonina Romanova, a Navalny supporter, stated she had come to point out solidarity.

“I imagine he’s harmless. I am totally on his facet,” she stated. “It occurs that for some cause the individuals who can type issues out within the nation find yourself in jail,” she stated.

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