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Putin critic Alexei Navalny to end hunger strike

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny said he would end his near month-long hunger strike on Friday (23rd April).

The jailed Navalny said in an Instagram post that he would end the strike to demand care from his doctor.

Navalny thanked the support of those who went out and protested in solidarity with his hunger strike and overall opposition of the Kremlin.

He said he would still continue to receive medical care but would cease to refuse food.

Why did he hunger strike?

The 44-year-old politician reportedly began his hunger strike on the 31st of March in reaction to the prison’s refusal to allow him to see a doctor for back pain and numbness.

The Kremlin persisted that he would be kept alive, as many world leaders threatened action.

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This revelation is likely to be surprisingly welcome news from the Kremlin, due to the previously mentioned international threats.

The relationship between the West and Russia has been deteriorating rapidly in the last few months, especially since their mobilization on the borders of Ukraine.

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