Celebrities wrote to Putin calling for medical help for Navalny

Kremlin critic in critical condition Celebrities wrote to Putin calling for medical help for Navalny

The Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny

Alexej Navalny, here on an archive picture from 2017, is in critical condition, according to the letter to Putin

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In an open letter to Russian President Putin, more than 70 celebrities called for medical help for the imprisoned Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny. The letter was signed by Harry Potter author JK Rowling and Nobel Prize winner Herta Müller, among others. 

More than 70 celebrities from all over the world have written an open letter to the Russian President Wladimir Putin Demanded medical treatment for the Kremlin opponent Alexej Navalny, who was imprisoned in the penal camp. With regard to his illness, it says: “As a Russian citizen, he has the right to be examined and treated by a doctor of his choice.” The appeal was printed on Saturday in several European daily newspapers such as “Le Monde”.

It was signed by Harry Potter author JK Rowling and the three of them, among others Nobel Prize in Literature- Bearers Herta Müller, Louise Glück and Swetlana Alexijewitsch, Abba member Björn Ulvaeus, the actors Benedict Cumberbatch and Kristin Scott Thomas and the historians Niall Ferguson and Simon Schama.

Alexei Navalny: Celebrities call on President Putin for help 

Navalny is in critical condition, it says Write to Putin with the request. “Mr President, we ask you to ensure that Alexei Navalny immediately receives the medical treatment and care that he urgently needs - and that he is entitled to under Russian law. Elected by Russia and as guarantor of the law, it is your job to do so. "

Navalny is located On hunger strike for days to get a doctor's visit. He is now threatened with force-feeding. The 44-year-old recently complained of back problems, paralysis in the limbs, fever and cough. His family, lawyers, and supporters expressed concern.

Kremlin critics in critical condition: Celebrities write a letter to Putin calling for medical help for Navalny

The team of his doctor Anastassija Wassiljewa tweeted that they had received the results of the opposition's blood test. The values ​​are critical. It cannot be ruled out that kidney failure or cardiac arrhythmias could now occur.

Navalny had survived an assassination attempt with the neurotoxin Novitschok in August and had been treated in Germany. He complains that the use of the banned chemical warfare agent against a Russian citizen in his homeland is not being investigated. Several laboratories in the EU had detected the poison.

jek DPA