Federal Day Committee calls Navalnys treatment targeted torture

How the Russian opposition leader Aleksey Navalny is treated in captivity is equivalent to โ€œtargeted torture.โ€ This is what the Foreign Committee of the German Bundestag states in a letter to Navalny, who recently went on hunger strike.

โ€œ We regard the treatment of yourself as targeted torture and therefore contrary to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment,โ€ said the Committee, which oversees the direction of German foreign policy.

According to his lawyers, Navalnys health is rapidly deteriorating. He wouldnt have feelings in his hands anymore. The opposition leader has been on hunger strike for a week to enforce medical treatment. He previously complained of, among other things, severe back pain.

Navalny would have lost 13 kilos since he was imprisoned last month, says his attorney team. They demand that he be transferred to a hospital, but according to the Kremlin, he does not qualify for special treatment. The German Committee says that it supports Navalny and believes that his case should be examined at European level.

Navalnys serving a two-and-a-half year sentence. The prominent critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin would not have complied with the conditions of a previous conviction for fraud. He was arrested in February after returning from Germany, where he recovered from poisoning with a nerve poison.