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Meghan McCain criticized President Joe Biden in a tweet on Thursday for not doing more to help Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny."If @POTUS simply calls Putin a murderer but then sits back and lets him murder @navalny - the greatest fighter for freedom and democracy in Russia," tweeted McCain, a co-host of "The View." "It is nothing but meaningless straw man rhetoric," she added. "I hope and pray each new administration will take on Putin and his atrocities."If @POTUS simply calls Putin a murderer but then sits back and lets him murder @navalny - the greatest fighter for freedom and democracy in Russia.
Jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny has said he has a persistent cough and temperature, and that there have been cases of tuberculosis in his prison. © Reuters Navalny is serving a sentence of two years and eight months
Meanwhile, the pro-Kremlin newspaper Izvestiya said the 44 year old had been transferred to a medical unit with symptoms of a respiratory illness.
Navalny's lawyer said his condition was deteriorating every day. He declared a hunger strike last week.
He is being held at a penal colony to serve out a sentence for embezzlement.
The 2014 suspended sentence was turned into an actual prison term after he returned from Germany, where he had received medical treatment for nerve agent poisoning.
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The conviction was widely seen as politically motivated.
'Very serious deteriorations'
In an Instagram post (in Russian), the 44-year-old opposition leader said that as many as three people from his unit had been taken to hospital with tuberculosis recently. He said he had a persistent cough and a temperature of 38.1 degrees Celsius (100.6 degrees Fahrenheit).
"If I have tuberculosis, then maybe it'll chase out the pain in my back and numbness in my legs. That'd be nice," he quipped.
But he added that he would be continuing his hunger strike, started last week to demand proper treatment for acute back and leg pain.
The report by Izvestia cited a statement by Russia's prison service, saying Navalny had received various tests, including for coronavirus.
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It said his symptoms included a high temperature and that he was being supervised by doctors. However, the statement denied that there was tuberculosis at the colony.
Navalny's lawyers have been visiting him in custody and helping him to post messages on social media.
One of them, Olga Mikhailova, told the independent TV channel Dozhd that the prison service was not helping the situation.
"He is completely in the power of the prison service…," she said. "Every day there are very serious deteriorations.
"It's very difficult to understand why this is happening. The prison service is not reacting to a single complaint of ours… There's been complete silence from them in the month since his health got worse."
Russia's prison service last week denied Navalny's allegations that he was not receiving proper treatment, and that he was being deprived of sleep.
It said he had "all the necessary medical assistance in accordance with his medical indications".
The secretary general of leading rights group Amnesty International said she had appealed to Russian President Vladimir Putin over Navalny's "arbitrary arrest and deteriorating health condition".
"There is a real prospect that #Russia is subjecting him to a slow death. He must be granted immediate access to a medical doctor he trusts and he must be freed," Agnes Callamard wrote on Twitter.
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