Yulia Navalnaya vows to reveal names of her husband’s killers

Yulia Navalnaya vows to reveal names of her husband’s killers

The widow of the slain Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has accused the Kremlin of waiting for the novichok poison to leave his body and promised to expose the identities of those behind his murder. Yulia Navalnaya, who spoke at a meeting of European Union foreign ministers in Brussels, said that Vladimir Putin killed her husband three days ago and that she knew the reason why. She did not elaborate on the motive, but said she would tell the world about it soon.

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny and his wife Yulia attend a hearing at the Lublinsky district court in Moscow, Russia, 23 April 2015 (Reuters)

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She also called for international sanctions and pressure on Putin and his allies, saying that they would not go unpunished for what they had done to her family and to Russia. She thanked the EU for its support and solidarity, and urged them to continue to stand with the Russian people who are fighting for democracy and human rights.

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Alexei Navalny, who was Putin’s most prominent critic and challenger, died on Friday after losing consciousness at a prison colony in the Arctic, where he was serving a 30-year sentence on trumped-up charges. He had survived a poisoning attempt with a nerve agent in August 2021, which he blamed on the Kremlin. The Russian authorities have denied any involvement in his death and have refused to cooperate with an international investigation.

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Yulia Navalnaya, the widow of Alexei Navalny, is welcomed by European Council President Charles Michel (Reuters)
Navalnaya’s announcement came as a surprise to many, as she had previously expressed little interest in entering politics herself. She had always been a regular source of advice and support to her husband, but preferred to stay in the background and focus on their children, Daria and Zakhar. She rarely gave interviews or spoke at rallies, and often faced harassment and threats from the authorities and pro-Kremlin media.

However, after Navalny’s death, she felt compelled to take up his mantle and continue his fight against Putin’s regime. She said she owed it to her husband, who sacrificed his life for his country, and to the millions of Russians who supported him and his vision of a free and democratic Russia. She also said she wanted to honor the memory of her father-in-law, Anatoly Navalny, who died of Covid-19 in December 2023, and who had encouraged her to be strong and brave.


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