On April 21, a group of UN experts expressed concern about the health of imprisoned Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, fearing that the Kremlin critic’s life is in danger due to his declining health and harsh prison conditions.
The four independent experts on freedom of speech, torture, extrajudicial executions, and the right to physical and mental health have urged the Russian government to allow Navalny to be “evacuated” so he could receive the necessary medical care.
The UN experts stressed that the Vladimir Putin-led government is “accountable” for the detention of the Kremlin critic’s life. Alexei Navalny, who has been on hunger strike in a Russian penal colony, has been subjected to harsh conditions, including a lack of proper medical treatment and the prohibition of seeing doctors of his choosing.
On February 2, a two-and-a-half-year sentence was handed down to the Kremlin critic after a judge ruled that while Navalny was in Germany recovering from poisoning, he breached probation conditions from a case in which he had received a three-and-a-half-year suspended sentence.