Kremlin Critic Alexei Navalny To Be Transferred To Hospital: Russia's Prison Service

Kremlin Critic Alexei Navalny To Be Transferred To Hospital: Russia's Prison Service

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Alexei Navalny was arrested in January when he returned to Russia. (File)

Russia's prison service said Monday that hunger-striking Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny would be transferred to a hospital for inmates, but deemed his condition to be "satisfactory".

The prominent opposition leader announced the protest three weeks ago in an bid to receive proper medical attention as his health deteriorated in a prison colony outside Moscow.

He was thrown behind bars in February for more than two years on old embezzlement charges, just weeks after he returned to Moscow from Germany where he had been recuperating from a near-fatal poisoning attack.

The prison service said in a statement that a group of doctors had "made a decision to transfer A. Navalny to hospital for convicts located on the territory of Penal Colony No 3."

"At present, A. Navalny's medical condition is deemed to be satisfactory; he is being examined by a general practitioner every day," the statement added.

The 44-year-old anti-corruption campaigner was sentenced earlier this year to serve out his sentence in Penal Colony No 2 outside the Russian capital and soon after began complaining of back pain and numbness in his limbs.

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