Russia will face ‘consequences’ if Navalny dies – US warns

Russia will face 'consequences' if Navalny dies - US
Alexei Navalny was jailed in February. Source: Getty Images
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Daily US Times: The United States has warned Russia there will be “consequences” if Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny dies in jail.

The UK, Germany, France and the European Union (EU) have also expressed their concern over his treatment.

The doctors of the Russian opposition leader say he “will die within the next few days” if not given urgent medical attention for acute back pain and leg numbness.

Russia’s ambassador to the United Kingdom has said that Navalny is attention seeking and “will not be allowed to die in prison”.

Navalny, 44, a prominent critic of President Vladimir Putin, was jailed in February for old embezzlement charges, which he claims are politically motivated.

On 31 March, he started a hunger strike in protest at not being able to see his own medical team. Navalny’s doctors say recent blood test results indicate that he could suffer kidney failure and go into cardiac arrest at any moment.

On Sunday, a number of countries joined the international protest against Alexei Navalny’s treatment inside the Russian jail in the town of Pokrov, about 100 km (62 miles) east of Moscow.

Jake Sullivan, US national security adviser, told that there would be “consequences if Mr Navalny dies” and Russia would be “held accountable by the international community”, while President Biden said his medical treatment was “totally unfair and totally inappropriate”.

The US is already embroiled in a diplomatic row with Moscow over the near-fatal poisoning of Navalny last year, with the chemical warfare agent Novichock.

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