Opposition activist Udaltsov stops hunger strike

Opposition activist Sergei Udaltsov, who is currently in a detention facility and who has been on hunger strike for almost a month, has stooped his hunger strike, Sergei Tsygankov, an official with the Moscow department of the Federal Penitentiary Service, said.

Opposition activist Sergei Udaltsov, who is currently in a detention facility and who has been on hunger strike for almost a month, has stooped his hunger strike, Sergei Tsygankov, an official with the Moscow department of the Federal Penitentiary Service, said.

"Sergei Udaltsov has stopped his hunger strike today. He has written a statement addressed to the head of the detention facility, notifying him of his decision," Tsygankov told Interfax on Tuesday.

Tsygankov also said Udaltsov said in his statement he has no complaints about the living conditions in the detention facility.

Tsygankov earlier told Interfax prison doctors had found that Udaltsov's health was declining due to his hunger strike.

On July 24, the Moscow City Court sentenced opposition activists Sergei Udaltsov and Leonid Razvozzhayev to 4.5 years in prison for organizing mass riots in the Moscow\'s Bolotnaya Square on May 6, 2012 and preparing to organize further riots in Russia. Udaltsov went on hunger strike to protest that decision.

The next day, Federal Penitentiary Service official Kristina Belousova told Interfax Udaltsov had notified the administration of the detention facility of his hunger strike, had been placed in a solitary cell and was under constant medical observation.

Tsygankov, for his part, said doctors take Udaltsov's blood pressure and temperature and weigh him several times a day. He said the doctors and the administration of the detention facility were trying to convince Udaltsov to stop his hunger strike, saying it may negatively impact his health.

In the past few years, Udaltsov was arrested many times after being detained at various protests. He went on hunger strike to protest the court rulings every time. He has been hospitalized due to his deteriorating health several times.

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