Jailed Kremlin critic Kara-Murza in 'stable' condition: lawyer
Wednesday, July 10, 2024       19:41 WIB

Moscow, July 10, 2024 (AFP)
Lawyers for jailed Kremlin critic Vladimir Kara-Murza on Wednesday said he was in a "relatively stable" condition after they saw him in a prison hospital for the first time in six days.
Kara-Murza -- one of President Vladimir Putin's most vocal critics who is serving a 25-year prison sentence -- was take to hospital last week, and his lawyers were repeatedly denied access to him, raising fears over his health.
The dissident suffers from nerve disease -- that he says is the result of two poisonings by Russia's security services -- and his health is feared to have deteriorated in prison, where he is kept in harsh conditions and medical care is limited.
"Today, on 10 July 2024, after numerous efforts, the Omsk lawyer of Vladimir Kara-Murza, Sergei Safronov, managed to visit his client," in the prison hospital, Vadim Prokhorov, the dissident's lawyer said Wednesday.
"Vladimir Kara-Murza's health is relatively stable at the moment," he said in a post on Facebook.
Earlier on Wednesday, the Kremlin said it could not intervene in the case, as the British government called for his immediate release.
Kara-Murza, 42, has joint Russian-British citizenship.
"Unfortunately we do not have the opportunity to observe this situation," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters, before the lawyers said they been allowed to see him.
Kara-Murza fell severely ill in 2015 and 2017 in what he said were poisonings orchestrated by Russia's FSB security service.
The Bellingcat investigative news outlet also published evidence linking the FSB to the poisonings.
His family and lawyers had raised fears over his health during the six days they were without contact with him.
Prokhorov said Tuesday evening that there was a "risk to life" and feared his "condition has got worse".
Concerns over the fate of jailed opposition figures are running high following the sudden and still unexplained death of Alexei Navalny in an Arctic prison colony in February.
British foreign minister David Lammy called Wednesday for Kara-Murza's immediate release.
"Vladimir is being held in deplorable conditions in prison for having the courage to tell the truth" about Russia's military offensive on Ukraine, he said.
Kara-Murza was arrested in April 2022 and later sentenced to 25 years in prison -- one of the harshest sentences ever dished out to an opponent of the Kremlin.
He publicly criticised Russia's military actions in Ukraine and campaigned for tough Western sanctions on Moscow.

Sumber : AFP