Alexei Navalny Health Concerns Prompt Russian Opposition Calls for Protest


MOSCOW—Supporters of jailed opposition politician Alexei Navalny have known as for mass protests to demand his release amid escalating fears more than the activist’s health and fitness.

Mr. Navalny’s workforce experienced earlier stated it would get in touch with for demonstrations after accumulating 50 % a million signatures of individuals prepared to acquire to the streets. But on Sunday, it reversed course adhering to reports that the activist, who has been on starvation strike for nearly 3 weeks , was in important affliction.

“Events are transferring much too fast and much too terrible,” his workforce stated in a statement. “It is no longer achievable to wait and postpone…his daily life hangs in the balance.”

On Saturday, a health care trade union with ties to Mr. Navalny cited the final results of health care checks they stated they attained from the activist’s law firm as showing that he was at chance of imminent kidney failure, which could guide to cardiac arrest.

The protests, known as for April 21 in the central squares of Russian cities, would tumble on the similar working day that President Vladimir Putin is scheduled to produce his annual address to the Federal Assembly, Russia’s national legislature.