Kremlin critic Navalny suffering acute back, leg pain in prison, his lawyer says

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FILE PHOTO: Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny attends a court hearing earlier to appeal a court decision to change his suspended sentence to a real prison term

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A lawyer for jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny said on Thursday that he was in poor health, suffering from acute back pain and practically unable to use one of his legs.

Speaking to the TV Rain TV channel after visiting him in prison, lawyer Olga Mikhailova said Navalny had undergone an MRI scan but had not been told the results.

"In my opinion, he is in bad shape health-wise because he is experiencing severe pain in his back and in his right leg," she said. "One of his legs practically doesn't work."

She said appeals by his legal team for Navalny to be given the necessary medicine were ignored for four weeks.

(Reporting by Anton Zverev and Andrew Osborn; Writing by Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber; Editing by Andrew Osborn)