Navalny ally urges jailed Kremlin critic to end his hunger strike


FILE PHOTO: Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny attends a hearing to consider an appeal against an earlier court decision to change his suspended sentence to a real prison term, in Moscow, Russia February 20, 2021. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov/File Photo

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A medical trade union leader and ally of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny said on Thursday she and her group were asking the jailed opposition politician to call off his hunger strike.

"To continue it would be dangerous for his life and health," Anastasia Vasilyeva told Reuters. "We very much hope Alexei will end the hunger strike tomorrow."

(Reporting by Anton Zverev; writing by Tom Balmforth; Editing by Mark Trevelyan)

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