‘I love you’: Alexei Navalny’s spouse Yulia pays tribute to her husband | EUROtoday

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Yulia Navalnaya has paid a heartfelt tribute to her husband, Alexei Navalny, whereas the Vladimir Putin critic’s household look ahead to the return of his physique after he died in an Arctic jail on Friday.

Ms Navalnaya posted an image of the pair, heads touching, with the caption “I love you” on the docial media web site Instagram. It is the primary public assertion from Ms Navalnaya since Russian authorities confirmed to Mr Navalny’s mom Lyudmila Navalnaya, 69, through a word, that the 47-year-old opposition chief was useless. More than 12,000 individuals have submitted requests to the Russian authorities asking for the politician’s stays to be handed over to his family members, the distinguished rights group OVD-Info mentioned on Sunday.

Her submit on the social media web site was solely the second of the yr. The first, posted on 1 January, confirmed her with the couple’s two kids, 23-year-old Daria and teenager Zahar. The caption learn: “Let this year be better than the last, let the desired wishes come true, surprises are only pleasant, and loved ones are not sick, do not disappear, and even better – they will always be there!”

She will attend the European Union overseas affairs council on Monday to debate her husband’s case, the bloc’s overseas coverage chief Josep Borrell mentioned on Sunday.

It remains to be unclear what has occurred to Mr Navalny’s physique. Mr Navalny’s mom and his lawyer has turned up on the Salekhard morgue on Saturday, the place that they had been informed his physique was, to search out that it was closed and empty. At the time, Mr Navalny’s spokesperson claimed that the Russian authorities have been intentionally withholding his physique to “cover traces” of his homicide.

On Sunday, Independent Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta, citing an unnamed supply, claimed that Mr Navalny’s physique had been delivered to the Salekhard District Clinical Hospital, as an alternative and had been seen with bruises.

“They also said he had a bruise on his chest — the kind that comes from indirect cardiac massage,” the supply mentioned, additionally claiming that the accidents have been consistant with some form of seizure.

But neither Mr Navalny’s staff nor Russian authorities spoken about declare, nor the whereabouts of the physique.

Novaya Gazeta, additionally mentioned that it had managed to contact an inmate at IK-3, who mentioned {that a} “mysterious commotion” had erupted on the jail the night time earlier than information of Mr Navalny’s loss of life broke. It additionally reported that Mr Navalny had been initially taken to the city of Labytnangi, 22 miles from the “Polar Wolf” Arctic penal colony in Kharp, about 1,200 miles northeast of Moscow, the place he had been serving a prolonged sentence on prices his supporters and the worldwide neighborhood believed are trumped up,

Alexei Navalny was jailed in January 2021 earlier than being relocated to an Artic Penal Colony late final yr


Citing nameless sources, they mentioned his physique was in a while Friday taken to the District Clinical Hospital within the regional capital of Salekhard, a few two-hours drive south of the penal colony in Kharp.

The Russian authorities have informed Mr Navalny’s staff that they might not launch his physique till investigations into his loss of life have been full, which might take weeks.

Sam Greene, the Director for Democratic Resilience on the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA), mentioned that whereas the precise occasion of his loss of life stays an open query, finally, Vladimir Putin’s regime is chargeable for Mr Navalny’s loss of life.

“Whether they picked a moment to kill him in a way that would leave a trace of that moment, or whether they simply decided to leave him in conditions in which he would eventually die is an open question,” he informed The Independent.

“But there is no question about who bears responsibility for Navalny’s death.”