Russian authorities disguise the physique of opponent Navalny | EUROtoday

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Almost overcome with ache and rage over the demise of her son in jail, Alexei Navalny's mom traveled to the Arctic Circle, the place the Jarp jail is positioned, to have the causes clarified and the physique handed over to her. He didn't get both of these issues. After ready two hours, the jail knowledgeable him that it was “sudden death syndrome”, a illness that doesn’t seem in forensic lists of causes of demise. And concerning the physique of his son, they despatched him to an area morgue that turned out to be closed and whose staff claimed to know nothing in regards to the physique of Russia's most well-known dissident.

Meanwhile, the Russians honored Navalny as they might, amid arrests, warnings and identifications. Police arrested 359 individuals at demonstrations all through Russia. In a number of cities, brokers tried to empty locations of remembrance, however new ones have been showing.

The dissident chief's group had demanded that his physique be handed over to his household “immediately.” But the physique of the opposition chief won’t be delivered to his household till the investigations are accomplished, in line with authorities sources informing the household. The process permits the Russian authorities retain the physique of the politician to his relations for 30 daysin line with specialists, however the deadlines could possibly be prolonged as a result of kind of investigation.

Navalny, 47, fell unconscious and died in a matter of minutes on Friday at midday after a stroll via the 'Polar Wolf' jail colony in Jarp, about 1,900 kilometers northeast of Moscow, the place he was serving a three-decade sentence. His corpse accommodates what could be the solely clues to make clear what killed him. “They lie and do everything possible not to hand over the body”denounced Kira Yarmysh, Navalny's spokesperson.

In a video message, Yarmysh accused the Russian president of killing Navalny: “Three and a half years ago[Vladimir] “Putin tried to kill Alexei,” Yarmysh claimed, referring to Navalny's poisoning with a nerve agent in 2020. “Yesterday he murdered him,” he added.

In their statement about his death, prison authorities said that the causes were “being clarified”. The investigation assures that it has initiated a “procedural verification” of Navalny's death. They alleged that “a set of investigations are being carried out aimed toward establishing all of the circumstances of the incident.”

An employee at Salekhard's only morgue confirmed to Reuters that Navalny's body had not arrived there. Another Navalny lawyer visited the headquarters of the Salekhard Investigative Committee, where he was told that “A brand new histological examination was carried out.” and that the cause of his death is still unknown.

The Kremlin has criticized Western accusations of being behind Navalny's murder. But even within the system some are asking questions. A communist deputy from the Komi region, Viktor Vorobyov, submitted a request to the prosecutor's office to conduct an investigation in connection with Navalny's death, to see if there have been any “negligence” in prison work.


The hundreds of flowers and candles placed in the capital on Friday were mostly removed overnight in black bags. Even so, people continue to bring flowers and photos in memory of the opponent, but the regime tries to destroy some urban altars that appeared in different cities in Russia after the politician's death became known. In Moscow, according to the volunteers who guard the bridge where the opponent was killed in 2015 Boris Nemtsov, plainclothes agents collected the bouquets and photographs placed on the ground. Flowers were also taken from another monument to Navalny in the center of the Russian capital, on the Solovetsky Stone.

Vladimir Putin has ruled Russia for 24 years and is seeking to extend his rule for another six years in elections scheduled for next month. His rivals in the electoral race are unpopular and do not criticize his war or repression. The great protester paid on Friday with his life for having defied the tsar. The rest of the dissidents have ended up in prison or murdered in recent years.

From outside the exile cries out against the last crime of Putinism. Hundreds of anti-Kremlin activists have fled the country, many of them continuing to fight from abroad. But the Russian parliament recently passed a bill allowing authorities to confiscate the assets of people convicted of discrediting the Russian military: The authorities know that even if their rebellious citizens flee, they can't take their home with them. And so they are going to impose silence from now on.