Russian police detained 9 folks outdoors 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 health care provider who tried to see him.
Navalny, 44, an opponent of President Vladimir Putin, introduced a starvation strike final week in protest at what he mentioned was the refusal of jail authorities to deal with him correctly for acute again and leg ache.
Some allies had mentioned they’d protest from Tuesday on the jail within the city of Pokrov, about 100 km (60 miles) east of Moscow, until he noticed a health care provider of his alternative and was given correct drugs.
The jail has mentioned his well being is passable and that he has had all vital medical care.
Navalny’s spouse, Yulia, mentioned she had obtained a letter from jail authorities dated March 17, saying he didn’t have his passport with him and that this might forestall him being admitted to hospital if in poor health.
Anastasiya Vasilyeva, a Navalny ally who leads a docs’ commerce union, was turned away on the jail though she mentioned she had an appointment with a senior jail official and needed to see Navalny and examine on his well being.
“All our peaceable actions do not work,” she mentioned.
Police later detained her together with a minimum of six different folks, together with a number of supporters and two reporters for CNN, Reuters correspondents mentioned.
Police mentioned 9 folks had been taken into custody for flouting public order. Safety on the jail had been tightened earlier on Tuesday.
Navalny was handed a jail time period of round 2-1/2 years in February after a court docket dominated that he had violated parole for a fraud conviction in a case he says was politically motivated.
“I imagine he’s harmless. I am totally on his facet,” mentioned Antonina Romanova, a Navalny supporter outdoors the jail. “It occurs that for some purpose the individuals who can type issues out within the nation find yourself in jail.”
Navalny mentioned on Monday he had a excessive temperature and dangerous cough and that three inmates in his ward had been admitted to hospital with tuberculosis.
The professional-Kremlin newspaper Izvestia later cited the state jail service as saying Navalny had been moved to a sick bay and examined for COVID-19.
The Kremlin declined touch upon Navalny’s well being however mentioned he would obtain medical care like some other prisoner if in poor health.