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Jailed Kremlin critic Navalny tests negative for coronavirus, says lawyer

FILE PHOTO: Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny pictured in 2019

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny has tested negative for the coronavirus, his lawyer Olga Mikhailova said on Wednesday, adding that he has taken a second test.

Navalny, 44, an opponent of President Vladimir Putin, announced that he going on a hunger strike last week in protest at what he said was the refusal of prison authorities to treat him properly for acute back and leg pain.

Human rights group Amnesty International earlier on Wednesday said Navalny had been incarcerated in conditions that amount to torture and may slowly be killing him.

(Reporting by Polina Nikolskaya; Writing by Alexander Marrow; Editing by Hugh Lawson)

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