Russia’s ambassador to the UK said opposition activist Alexei Navalny “must not die in prison”.
Navalny, 44, nearly died in August 2020 when he was poisoned with the chemical nerve agent Novichock. He accuses President Vladimir Putin of ordering the poisoning, which the Kremlin denies.
He was arrested in February on old allegations of embezzlement and has been on hunger strike for 18 days to request adequate treatment for acute back pain and numbness in his legs.
Speaking to BBC’s Andrew Marr, Andrei Kelin insisted that Navalny’s medical treatment would be “taken care of” and claimed that the real purpose of his calls for medical attention was to “attract attention”.
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