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Imprisoned Russian politician Vladimir Kara-Murza in “stable” condition in prison hospital

Russian opposition politician Vladimir Kara-Murza has been granted access to his lawyer at the prison hospital he was taken to last week, his lawyer said on Wednesday.

Kara Murza remained in a “stable” condition, Vadim Prokhorov wrote on Facebook, however, reiterating that his client suffers from polyneuropathy — severe nerve damage likely caused by two poisoning attempts in 2015 and 2017. Polyneuropathy is a life-threatening condition that should have prevented Kara-Murza from serving his sentence in prison.

Kara-Murza was transferred from the Siberian penal colony where he had been serving a 25-year sentence to a hospital in western Siberia’s Omsk region on Thursday night, and his lawyer had not been allowed to visit him there until now.

Prokhorov added that Kara-Murza had been sent to the hospital for a “medical examination”, although he stressed that he had not been told what type of examination was carried out.

Kara-Murza, one of Russia’s most high-profile opposition politicians and political prisoners, was convicted of treason, involvement in “undesirable organizations” and “spreading false information” about the Russian military in April 2023, and sent to a notoriously harsh Siberian prison. colony where he has often been placed in isolation, despite his declining health.

asked at a press conference on Wednesday why Kara-Murza was denied access to his lawyer in hospital, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov answered that the Kremlin “was not in a position to monitor the situation” and advised journalists to contact the Federal Penitentiary Service with their inquiries instead.

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