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Putin Critic Alexei Nalvany "Could Die at Any Moment" According to His Doctor

Updated: Apr 28, 2021


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The Russian opposition leader has been imprisoned since January, and is three weeks into a hunger strike protesting the lack of medical attention he’s received while in prison. His physician, Yaroslav Ashikhmin, now fears his death is imminent.

Ashikhmin took to Facebook to tell the world of Nalvany’s current state, saying that test results Nalvany’s family shared with him show increased potassium levels, which could lead to cardiac arrest, as well as heightened creatinine levels from deteriorating kidneys. Nalvany’s spokeswoman, Kira Yarmysh, said it is a matter of “days” until he dies.

“There will be consequences if Mr. Nalvany dies.”

U.S. National Security Advisor, Jake Sullivan, has warned Russia there will be “consequences” if Nalvany dies, while adding that it would be “held accountable by the international community.” Indeed, the UK, France, Germany, and the European Union have also expressed concern over his treatment.

Why it matters:

All of this comes on the heels of heightened tension between the U.S. and Russia (what else is new?). Last month, after U.S. intelligence officials concluded Moscow was behind Nalvany’s poisoning last year, the Biden administration imposed new sanctions on Russia. Russia responded by expelling 10 U.S. diplomats from the country.

Tack on the Kremlin-linked SolarWinds hack that compromised about 100 companies and a dozen government agencies last year, and Russia’s massing of tanks and infantry along its border with Ukraine in the last month, and we are ripe for an international conflict.

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