Navalny: I can’t sleep, I’m being tortured with this

The Russian opposition leader Aleksey Navalny has brought out through his lawyers that he is being kept out of sleep by guards in his cell. He would be awakened every hour, and that‘s what he calls torture.

Also, Navalny said in two statements that he suffers from severe pain in his back and legs, but that a doctor’s consultation was refused him. According to one of the lawyers, the Russian is currently in poor health: โ€œOne of his legs functions as well as not.โ€

Navalny would have had an MRI scan, but the results of that wouldn‘t have been told to him. Also adequate medication, except for the painkiller ibuprofen, would have been refused him for weeks.

Appeal

Yulia Navalnaya, Navalny’s wife, has called on the Russian authorities to release him immediately. In Instagram, she writes that the imprisonment imposed on her husband is revenge from the Kremlin because of his role as opposition leader.

At the end of last month, Navalny was sentenced on appeal to a sentence of 3.5 years in a penal camp, minus the period he was in custody. He was imposed that sentence, formally because he had not complied with the conditions of a suspended sentence in 2014. That same month, he was also convicted of insulting a war veteran.

The opposition leader is known as a key critic of President Putin. Over the past few months, he managed to get tens of thousands of people out to the streets to demonstrate for his release.