Family of Putin’s critic Navalny demands return of his body after death

Family of Putin’s critic Navalny demands return of his body after death

The family of Alexei Navalny, the leading opposition figure in Russia who died in prison, is asking for his body to be handed over to them. They claim that the authorities are hiding his body to conceal the evidence of his murder. Navalny’s team said that his mother, Lyudmila Navalnaya, went to the morgue in Salekhard, a town in the Arctic region, but was told that her son’s body was not there.


An anonymous source told an independent newspaper that Navalny’s body was bruised and had been brought to the hospital from a nearby prison colony.

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Navalny, who was 47, had been the most vocal critic of President Vladimir Putin for more than a decade. He exposed corruption and organized mass protests against the Kremlin.

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He was arrested in January 2021, when he returned to Russia from Germany, where he had recovered from a nerve agent poisoning that he blamed on Putin. He was sentenced to several prison terms on charges that he and his supporters denounced as politically motivated. He died on Friday, after weeks of being out of contact with his lawyers and family.

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The Russian prison service said that Navalny died of natural causes, but his team and many Western leaders accused Putin and the Kremlin of killing him.

They called for an international investigation and sanctions against Russia. Navalny’s wife, Yulia, said that her husband was a hero who sacrificed his life for his country and his ideals.

She urged the world to hold Putin accountable and to support the democratic movement in Russia.

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The death of Navalny has sparked grief and anger among his supporters, who held vigils and rallies across Russia and abroad. More than 400 people were detained by the police, who cracked down on the unauthorized gatherings. Navalny’s team said that they would continue his work and his vision of a free and fair Russia.


They also announced that they would launch a new political party, named after Navalny’s slogan “Russia will be happy”.

Source : INDEPENDENT

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