MOSCOW—Supporters of jailed opposition politician Alexei Navalny have called for mass protests to demand his release amid growing fears over the activist’s health.
Mr. Navalny’s team had earlier said it would call for demonstrations after gathering half a million signatures of people willing to take to the streets.
But on Sunday, it reversed course following reports that the activist, who has been on hunger strike for almost three weeks , was in critical condition.
“Events are moving too fast and too bad,” his team said in a statement.
The protests, called for April 21 in the central squares of Russian cities, would fall on the same day that President Vladimir Putin is scheduled to deliver his annual address to the Federal Assembly, Russia’s national legislature.
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