The daughter of hunger-striking Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny called on Russian authorities on Sunday to allow a doctor to treat her father in prison, a day after a group of medical professionals warned he is at risk of kidney failure.
Alexei Navalny survived a poisoning past year.
A doctor for imprisoned Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who is in the third week of a hunger strike, said on Saturday that his health is deteriorating rapidly and the 44-year-old Kremlin critic could be on the verge of death.
'Our patient can die any minute, ' cardiologist Yaroslav Ashikhmin said on Facebook today, pointing to Navalny's high potassium levels and saying he should be moved to intensive care.More news: Indiana Fedex shooting massacre: Names of victims revealed
Then at the end of last month, he went on a hunger strike to demand proper medical treatment for back pain and numbness in his legs and hands.
Navalny, who the West says has been wrongly jailed and should be freed, returned to Russian Federation in January after recovering from what German doctors say was a nerve agent poisoning.
Prison authorities said Mr Navalny refused proper treatment and insisted he should be treated by a doctor of his choice from outside the facility, a request they have denied. His doctors say his hunger strike might have exacerbated his condition.
"This means both impaired renal function and that serious heart rhythm problems can happen any minute", said a statement on Vasilyeva's Twitter account. She said union members hadn't examined Navalny but had received the tests from his lawyers, per Reuters.More news: Gunman kills eight before taking own life at Indianapolis FedEx site
The letter raised similar health concerns to those voiced on Tuesday by Navalny's wife, who said after visiting him in prison that he was having difficulty speaking and had lost more weight.
"Alexei must immediately be granted his lawful request for a doctor of his choice", said the letter, which was also sent to the parliaments of European Union member states. "We are talking not just about Navalny's freedom but his life", Leonid Volkov said on Facebook as he urged Russians to turn out Wednesday evening, hours after President Vladimir Putin is to deliver his state of the nation address.
Figures including author J.K. Rowling, actors Benedict Cumberbatch and David Duchovny called on Putin to offer Navalny, who is now on a hunger strike, immediate medical treatment.More news: Twitter Faceoff: US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan sparks debate