Russian opposition politician Alexey Navalny has announced a hunger strike to protest the conditions of his imprisonment in Penal Colony No. 2 (located in the city of Pokrov, in the Vladimir region).
In an Instagram post uploaded on Wednesday, March 31, Navalny said that he’s resorting to a hunger strike because he’s being denied necessary medicines and being “tortured by sleep deprivation.” In his words, prison inmates “have no other methods of fighting.”
“I have the right to call a doctor and receive medicine. But they don’t give me either one. The back pain has spread to my leg. Areas of my right [leg] and now my left leg have lost feeling. All jokes aside, this is really a strain.”