Navalny family members denied entry to physique for third day as authorities declare ‘sudden demise syndrome’ | EUROtoday

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Russian investigators haven’t but established the reason for Alexei Navalny’s demise and it’s unclear how lengthy it’s going to take for official conclusions to be made, his mom was instructed, Navalny’s spokeswoman stated on Monday as authorities denied family members entry to his physique for the third day in a row.

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Navalny, a 47-year-old former lawyer, fell unconscious and died on Friday after a stroll on the “Polar Wolf” penal colony in Kharp, about 1,900 km (1,200 miles) northeast of Moscow, the place he was serving a three-decade sentence, the jail service stated.

Navalny’s mom, Lyudmila, was instructed on Saturday on the jail colony that he had perished from “sudden death syndrome”, a imprecise time period for various fireside circumstances that finish in demise, in accordance with Navalny’s workforce.

Navalny’s spokeswoman, Kira Yarmysh, stated that his 69-year-old mom, and attorneys have been instructed that the official verification of the reason for demise had been prolonged and that it was unclear how lengthy it might take.

“The cause of death is ‘undetermined’,” Yarmysh stated, including that the Russian authorities have been mendacity and stalling.

His mom and attorneys weren’t allowed into the morgue on Monday within the Arctic city close to the jail colony the place the authorities stated he dropped lifeless, Yarmysh stated.

“Asked if Alexei’s body was there, the staff did not answer,” stated Yarmysh.

The demise of Navalny, a former lawyer, robs the disparate Russian opposition of its most charismatic and brave chief as President Vladimir Putin prepares for an election that may maintain him in energy till no less than 2030.

(FRANCE 24 with Reuters)