Jailed Putin critic Vladimir Kara-Murza transferred to Siberian jail hospital, spouse says | EUROtoday

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Jailed British-Russian opposition chief Vladimir Kara-Murza has been transferred to a Siberian jail hospital, his spouse has mentioned.

The 42-year-old – a number one Kremlin critic who has survived two poisoning makes an attempt – is serving a 25-year jail sentence after repeatedly condemning Russia’s battle in Ukraine and calling for Western sanctions towards Moscow. The costs have been roundly condemned by Western nations, together with the UK

Mr Kara-Murza was transferred on Thursday night to the hospital in Omsk jail, the place he’s jailed, in response to his spouse Evgenia, who mentioned his legal professionals had waited 5 hours to see him however had been denied visitation rights.

In the wake of Putin critic Alexei Navalny’s dying in an Arctic penal colony in February, Ms Kara-Murza has expressed frequent considerations in regards to the well being of her husband, whom she says suffers from a nerve situation referred to as polyneuropathy on account of the earlier makes an attempt on his life.

Mr Kara-Murza was arrested in April 2022, accused of spreading false details about Russia’s navy and declared a “foreign agent”, hours after CNN broadcast an interview wherein he mentioned Moscow was run by a “regime of murderers”.

A former journalist, he was later charged with treason over speeches he gave in regards to the battle, together with one to the Arizona House of Representatives in March 2022 wherein he mentioned Russian president Vladimir Putin was bombing Ukrainian houses, hospitals and faculties. Moscow claims it doesn’t intentionally goal civilians though 1000’s have been killed in Ukraine.

He was ultimately sentenced to 25 years in jail – which stays the longest sentence handed right down to a Kremlin critic because the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991.

Mr Kara-Murza misplaced an attraction towards his conviction in May, the month he received the Pulitzer Prize for commentary for columns which he wrote from jail and had been revealed in The Washington Post.

The information of his switch to hospital got here as Kyiv’s navy chief claimed that Ukrainian assaults had compelled Russia to take away practically all of its combat-ready warships from occupied Crimea.

Vice Admiral Oleksiy Neizhpapa revealed the extent to which Russia’s principal naval base at Sevastopol had been broken by Ukrainian assaults, in a uncommon interview revealed as Western leaders condemned a go to by Hungary’s Viktor Orban to fulfill with Vladimir Putin in Moscow,

The naval commander mentioned Ukraine had destroyed or broken 27 naval vessels, together with 5 that he mentioned had been destroyed by sea mines laid by Ukrainian naval drones close to the Bay of Sevastopol.

He mentioned Ukrainian missile and naval drone strikes had triggered heavy harm to the Sevastopol base, a logistics hub for repairs, upkeep, coaching and ammunition storage amongst different necessary features for Russia.

“They were established over many decades, possibly centuries. And clearly, they are now losing this hub,” Vice Admiral Neizhpapa informed Reuters in a uncommon interview within the port metropolis of Odesa forward of Ukraine Navy Day on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Mr Orban’s go to to Moscow drew rebuke from Ukraine and different Western leaders.

Hungary assumed the six-month rotating presidency of the European Union on Monday. Following a go to to fulfill Volodymyr Zelensky in Kyiv earlier this week, Mr Orban has now gone on a self-described “peace mission” to Moscow – in a transfer Ukraine mentioned was not coordinated with Kyiv.

“We remind you that for our state, the principle of ‘no agreements on Ukraine without Ukraine’ remains unshakable and call on all states to observe it strictly,” Ukraine’s international ministry mentioned in a press release.

Mr Orban insisted that peace can’t be made “from a comfortable armchair in Brussels”, with Mr Putin claiming he was prepared to debate the “nuances” of proposals to finish the battle in Ukraine.

But European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen mentioned that solely unity and willpower would pave the best way to a simply and lasting peace in Ukraine. She warned that “appeasement will not stop Putin”, whereas outgoing EU chief diplomat Josep Borrell mentioned Mr Orban was “not representing the EU in any form”.

Additional reporting by Reuters