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Yulia Navalnaya, the spouse of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, who died in Russian custody, will attend the EU international affairs council on Monday, the bloc’s international coverage chief Josep Borrell mentioned on Sunday. For a few years, Navalnaya insisted she had no real interest in moving into politics, however since Navalny’s dying on Friday, she seems to have became her late husband’s torchbearer.

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“On Monday, I will welcome Yulia Navalnaya at the EU Foreign Affairs Council. EU Ministers will send a strong message of support to freedom fighters in Russia and honour the memory of Alexi @navalny,”  Borrell mentioned in an announcement on X.

The announcement got here days after Navalnaya electrified an viewers of leaders, diplomats and officers on the Munich Security Council when she delivered an impromptu tackle on Friday simply hours after stories of Alexei Navalny’s dying emerged.

Teary-eyed however stoic, Navalnaya emphasised that she had no affirmation as but about her husband’s dying. But she was sure of her message.

“If this is true, then I want [Russian President Vladimir] Putin and all his entourage, Putin’s friends and his government to know: they will bear responsibility for what they did to our country, to my family, to my husband,” she said.

“And this present day will come very quickly,” mentioned the 47-year-old Russian widow, her hair secured in a signature tight bun.

Navalnaya mentioned she had weighed whether or not to deal with the gathering or rush out of the convention to be with the couple’s two kids, Daria and Zakhar. She determined her husband would need her to talk.

On Sunday, she was as soon as once more protecting her late husband within the highlight, this time on a really private word.

“I love you,” she mentioned on Instagram in her first social media publish since her husband’s dying. The accompanying picture was a shot of her husband kissing her brow at what gave the impression to be a music live performance.

The couple’s love story was an inspiration for a lot of Russian supporters of Navalny, presenting a stark distinction to Putin, his icy foe who reveals nothing about his private life.

Navalny’s final message to the surface world was a Valentine’s Day word to his spouse: “I feel that you are with me every second.”

A former banking clerk who gave up her job to take care of her kids, Navalnaya at all times insisted she was primarily a mom and a spouse and had no real interest in moving into politics. But circumstances might change that place as Russian opposition supporters ponder a future with out their charismatic chief.

‘I needed to get him out’

The Munich speech was not the primary time Navalnaya confirmed stoicism.

In 2020, she watched her husband virtually die when he was poisoned in Siberia by what docs mentioned was a Soviet nerve agent.

She then managed to get him in another country – as he lay in a coma with native docs refusing to let him go — with the assistance of a German charity.

“Every moment when we were there, I thought ‘I had to get him out’,” Navalnaya instructed Russian filmmaker and blogger Yuri Dud in an interview throughout her husband’s restoration in Germany.

She mentioned state docs in Siberia have been attempting to tug out the method for him to both die or for the nerve agent to not be traceable.

Five months later, she was simply as defiant when the couple flew again to Moscow, figuring out it could land him in jail.

“Waiter, bring us some vodka, we’re flying home,” Navalnaya mentioned in a video sitting subsequent to Alexei on the airplane, copying a scene from a Russian cult movie.

The couple have been separated at passport management upon touchdown, the final time she noticed her husband free.

They briefly embraced earlier than police took him away and he or she was greeted on the airport to chants of “Yulia!”.

‘Darkest issues’

Navalnaya has described her life since as “letters, letters, letters”, saying she tried to jot down to her husband day-after-day.

The two met on vacation in Turkey, with each saying they fell in love instantly.

Navalnaya gave up a job in banking to lift the couple’s kids as Alexei’s political profession took off.

As he recovered from the poisoning in Germany, Navalny joked that his spouse’s views have been extra radical than his.

“When you are not a politician but you see the darkest things against your family then, of course, it radicalises you,” he mentioned within the interview with Dud.

Since Navalny was imprisoned, Navalnaya has mentioned she wouldn’t observe the trail of Svetlana Tikhanovskaya – who grew to become Belarus’s opposition chief after her husband was jailed.

Tikhanovskaya met Navalnaya in Munich after Navalny’s dying and   The pair symbolically hugged in Munich after.

“Yulia Navalnaya is becoming a political figure whether she wants it or not,” Russian political commentator Tatiana Stanovaya mentioned on social media the day Navalny died.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP)