500 doctors sign appeal for medical aid for Alexei Navalny

More than 500 Russian doctors have already signed an appeal for medical aid for Alexei Navalny.

An open letter with the appeal was published on March 28 and was originally signed by 20 doctors. “Every day there are more medics who join the appeal,” said the initiator of the letter, doctor Andrei Blizhko.

Alexei Navalny is held in a penal colony. As he himself wrote on internet portals, he suffers from severe back pain and leg paresis. He also claims that prison guards refuse him proper medical treatment.

In addition, the Russian oppositionist complained of psychological torture as he is being awakened every hour every night. In the opinion of the doctors who signed the appeal in defence of Alexei Navalny, the inmate needs strict medical care and rehabilitation.

“Leaving the patient without help, including surgery, can have tragic consequences, including irreversible, severe paresis of the lower limbs," reads the open letter. Some psychologists also pointed out that depriving a person of sleep leads to disease and death.

The authors of the letter also expressed the opinion that failure to provide appropriate medical care not only violates the prisoner's rights, but could also be qualified as torture.