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Kremlin Opponent Navalny Stops Hunger Strike in 24th Day

  • Protest action ended after Navalny consulted outside doctors
  • U.S. had warned of ‘consequences’ should Kremlin critic die
Alexei Navalny stands in a cell during a hearing in Moscow on Feb. 12.
Alexei Navalny stands in a cell during a hearing in Moscow on Feb. 12.Source: Babuskinsky District Court Babuskinsky District Court/AP Photo
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Jailed Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny said he’s ending a 24-day hunger strike that had fueled tensions with the West and sparked concern the Kremlin’s most prominent critic could die in prison.

“I am starting to exit the hunger strike,” Navalny said on his Instagram account on Friday. “According to the rules, it will take the same 24 days, and they say, it will be even harder.”