A hundred intellectuals from around the world demand that Putin release Navalni
Siri Hustvedt adds her voice to 99 others in an open letter to President Putin demanding the release of Alexei Navalni.
“To President Putin,
As we write, Alexei Navalni is being held in a penal colony that many lawyers and human rights defenders consider one of the harshest in Russia.
As has been reported around the world, his health is deteriorating, and his condition is critical and requires urgent medical attention. Alexéi Navalni shows symptoms of a serious neurological disease, constant pain in his back and a loss of sensation in his arms and legs.
Also, he has a bad cough and fever. As a Russian citizen, you have the legitimate right to be examined and treated by the doctor of your choice. Denied this right, he went on a hunger strike in protest on March 30.
Mr President, we appeal to you to ensure that Alexei Navalni immediately receives the treatment and medical care that he urgently needs, and to which he is entitled under Russian law. As a person who has sworn to uphold the law, this is what you have to do ”.