We learned early this morning from the U.S. Embassy that Paul's health had taken a turn for the worse. The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs called the US Embassy to let them know Paul experienced severe abdominal pain yesterday evening. The prison transferred him to Sklifosovsky hospital where doctors performed an emergency hernia surgery. The surgery was successful and he will be transferred back to Lefortovo today.
There are no additional details as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has refused to answer any questions from the US Embassy about Paul's condition without a diplomatic note. We continue to be concerned for Paul's health, particularly now that, as he recuperates, he may be more susceptible to other illnesses or infections. The coronavirus is spreading through Lefortovo. Lawyers visiting the prison must now wear gowns and hoods, not just masks.
We hope that the prison will take steps so that Paul doesn't face any other health emergencies.
[Coronavirus in Lefortovo, prisoners infected being moved out: https://www.mk.ru/
social/2020/05/26/ arestovannogo-vladelca-summy- magomedova-gospitalizirovali- s-koronavirusom.html; https:// www.mk.ru/social/2020/05/22/ ziyavudin-magomedov- zarazilsya-koronavirusom-v- lefortovo.html;
[Story and photo of lawyer visiting Lefortovo: https://www.unn.
com.ua/ru/news/1871901-odna- maska-na-den-i-dezinfektsiya- kameri-raz-v-tizhden-umovi- utrimannya-ukrayinskogo- politvyaznya-v-lefortovo ]