ALEXEI Navalny has been rushed to hospital as his ongoing hunger strike sparks international fury over his welfare.
The Putin opposition leader is now on day 20 of his protest and could “die at any moment” if he is not given the urgent medical treatment for back pain and numbness in his legs and hand.
The news of his latest turn for the worst comes as the US warned that there will be “consequences” if he dies.
Only on Saturday, the US President Joe Biden added his voice to the growing international chorus of protest at the treatment of the activist, describing his situation as "totally unfair.”
The UK, France, Germany and the European Union have also expressed their concern over his treatment and have demanded his release.
Navalny, 44, was imprisoned in February and is serving two-and-a-half years on old embezzlement charges in a penal colony in the town of Pokrov – around 60 miles east of Moscow.
His personal doctor Anastasia Vasilyeva and three more doctors, including cardiologist Ashikhmin, have now asked prison officials to grant them immediate access before it is too late.
Ms Vasilyeva said that blood results released by the state already showed evidence of kidney failure.
The elevated levels of potassium and creatinine had created a “medical emergency,” she claimed.
The prison service currently in charge of his care has confirmed that he is being examined daily and has agreed to take vitamins.
Navalny barely survived a poisoning with the Novichok nerve agent in August which he later blamed on the Kremlin.
He has since been backed by millions of Russians, who have taken to the streets on multiple occasions to support him.
However, on Monday, Russia's Interior Ministry called on the population not to take part in the latest planned protests over Navalny’s deteriorating health.
He said: "Any aggressive actions by participants in unauthorised public meetings, especially attempts to provoke clashes with law enforcement officials, will be regarded as a threat to public safety and immediately suppressed."
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