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Jailed Kremlin critic Navalny says he has cough and temperature amid TB outbreak By Reuters


© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Russian opposition chief Navalny attends a rally to demand the discharge of jailed protesters in Moscow

By Tom Balmforth and Anton Zverev

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny mentioned on Monday he had a excessive temperature and a foul cough, and that three of the 15 inmates in his Russian jail ward had been being handled in hospital for tuberculosis.

Navalny, 44, a distinguished critic of President Vladimir Putin, declared a starvation strike final week to protest towards what he mentioned was the refusal of jail authorities to present him correct medical look after acute again and leg ache.

His allies mentioned they’d stage a rolling protest outdoors his jail from Tuesday except he was examined by a physician of his selection and given what they regard as correct medication.

State media and a few members of a jail monitoring group have accused him of faking his medical issues to maintain himself within the public eye, one thing Navalny and his allies deny.

On Monday, Navalny mentioned {that a} third particular person from his ward had been taken to hospital with tuberculosis, that he had a excessive temperature and cough, and joked darkly that catching the illness would possibly supply him aid from his different illnesses.

“If I’ve tuberculosis, then possibly it will chase out the ache in my again and numbness in my legs. That’d be good,” he wrote on Instagram.

“I quote the official statistics of at this time’s temperature measurement: “Navalny A.A., unhealthy cough, temperature 38.1,” he wrote in a submit on Instagram, including that he deliberate to proceed his starvation strike.

A temperature above 38 levels Celsius (100.58 levels Fahrenheit) most frequently signifies a fever attributable to an an infection or sickness.

Navalny’s legal professionals have visited him frequently in custody and have helped him proceed to submit messages on social media.

Authorities on the IK-2 corrective penal colony 100 km (60 miles) east of Moscow, the place the opposition politician is being held, didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark a few tuberculosis outbreak or Navalny’s temperature and cough.

They’ve mentioned beforehand that his situation was passable and that he has been supplied with all obligatory medical care.

Anastasiya Vasilyeva, a physician and ally of Navalny, confirmed plans for a protest would happen on Tuesday.

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