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UN torture expert warns of opposition figure Alexei Navalny’s worsening health in Russian detention
GENEVA (10 May 2023) – The Russian government must provide opposition politician, Alexei Navalny with urgent and comprehensive medical care in light of his gravely deteriorating health, the UN torture expert said today.
“I am distressed by the deteriorating state of Mr. Navalny’s health and the apparent lack of satisfactory diagnosis and medical treatment,” said Alice Edwards, the UN Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
The UN torture expert said the alleged placement of Mr. Navalny in isolation on 11 separate occasions, amounting to 114 days in solitary confinement in harsh conditions over a seven-month period, appears disproportionate and if confirmed, would amount to a form of torture.
“Mr. Navalny is reportedly suffering from serious ill-health, including chronic spinal disease and problems related to neurological damage,” Edwards said. “He must immediately and continuously be provided with adequate care, including comprehensive medical check-ups, treatment and monitoring of his health situation in a civil hospital.”