Russia’s prison authority has announced that Alexey Navalny is being hospitalised amid mounting global concern for the hunger-striking Kremlin critic, whose health is reportedly deteriorating rapidly.
The prison service said in a statement on Monday that the jailed opposition politician, who is in the third week of his hunger strike, is being moved to a hospital for prisoners.
The statement added that the 44-year-old’s condition had been deemed “satisfactory” and he had agreed to take vitamin supplements.
The hospital he was being transferred to is located in a penal colony in Vladimir, a city 180km (112 miles) east of Moscow, according to the statement.
Navalny has been imprisoned in a separate Vladimir facility since last month after he was sentenced to two and a half years in prison.
Al Jazeera’s Bernard Smith reports from Moscow.
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