Navalny supporters bag jail terms over penal colony protest

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A Russian court has handed week-long sentences to several supporters of jailed Kremlin critic, Alexei Navalny, after they travelled to his penal colony to demand he receives proper medical treatment.

Alexei Navalny
Alexei Navalny

Police on Tuesday detained nine Navalny supporters outside his prison in the town of Pokrov around 100 kilometres (60 miles) east of Moscow for violating public order.

The supporters had gathered outside the colony to demand access to Navalny, who is on a hunger strike and demanding medical treatment for several health issues.

Late on Wednesday, lawyers from the Agora rights group representing them said four of the supporters had received stints in detention centres ranging from eight to nine days.

Three are members of the Alliance of Doctors medical trade union, which is critical of the government and headed by Navalny’s personal doctor, Anastasia Vasilyeva.

Recall that Navalny went on a hunger strike last Wednesday to demand proper medical treatment for severe back pain and numbness in both legs, saying he had only been given painkillers.

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