Alexei Navalny mom’s plea to Putin: Give me my son’s physique | EUROtoday

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The mom of useless Russian dissident Alexei Navalny has issued a direct plea to Vladimir Putin for the discharge of her son’s physique so she will “bury him with dignity”.

In a video filmed outdoors the Arctic penal colony the place he died on Friday, Lyudmila Navalnaya, 69, stated she had been attempting to see him for 5 days however didn’t even know the place he was being stored.

“Let me finally see my son. I demand that Alexei’s body be released immediately so that I can bury him in a humane way,” she stated from the village of Kharp, some 1,200 miles northeast of Moscow, the place it’s minus 10C.

Russian opposition chief Navalny was important of Putin and so turned the sufferer of repeated aggression from the state

(Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP/Getty)

The fierce critic of the Russian president died final week, aged 47, sparking outrage from Western leaders and Navalny’s supporters who accuse Mr Putin of being liable for snuffing out probably the most vital beacon of opposition to his management, within the run-up to subsequent month’s presidential elections.

Russian authorities have stated the reason for Navalny’s demise continues to be unknown and refused to launch his physique for 2 weeks whereas they perform “chemical examinations”, members of his workforce stated on Monday, elevating fears he could have been poisoned, having survived a earlier nerve agent assault in 2020.

Ahead of a gathering with EU international ministers in Brussels on Monday, Navalny’s widow, Yulia Navalnaya, launched a video through which she vowed to unmask her husband’s killers and alleged that the refusal to launch his physique was a part of a cover-up.

“My husband was unbreakable. And that’s precisely why Putin killed him. Shamefully, cowardly, without ever daring to look him in the eye or just say his name,” Ms Navalnaya stated.

“And just as shamefully and cowardly, they are now hiding his body, not showing it to his mother, not giving it back, and pathetically lying and waiting for traces of another Putin novichok to disappear.”

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Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov rejected the allegations of a cover-up, telling reporters that “these are absolutely unfounded, insolent accusations about the head of the Russian state”.

But Ms Navalnaya retorted on Tuesday: “I don’t care how the killer’s press secretary comments on my words. Give Alexei’s body back and let him be buried with dignity. Do not prevent people from saying goodbye to him.

“And I really ask all journalists who may still ask questions: don’t ask about me, ask about Alexei.”

Meanwhile, there was uproar on Tuesday when X/Twitter briefly banned her social media account. Yulia arrange her account on Monday, days after Navalny’s demise was introduced, and has since used it to decide to holding Mr Putin to account.

However, the account disappeared and was changed with a message indicating that it had been suspended as a result of it had damaged the location’s guidelines, earlier than reappearing an hour later. X/Twitter stated the suspension had been in error.

Her highly effective plea got here because the Kremlin initiated a brand new felony case in opposition to Oleg Navalny, the brother of Alexei, in accordance with Russian media.

The politician was pronounced useless by the Russian jail service final week


The stories didn’t say below which article of the felony code the case had been opened however stated police had been trying to find Oleg, who was already on the needed record in reference to one other matter. In 2014, he was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in jail for fraud in a case Kremlin critics stated was trumped up and designed to pile stress on his late brother.

The transfer alerts the Kremlin’s intention to proceed the stress on his household and supporters as they search to mourn the dissident. According to monitoring group OVD-Info, practically 400 individuals had been detained at Navalny vigils in 39 cities throughout Russia as of Monday morning.

International stress continued to ramp up on Tuesday, with the White House asserting a brand new package deal of sanctions in opposition to Russia, set to enter impact imminently. The administration stated the package deal could be launched on Friday.

US president Joe Biden has blamed Mr Putin for Navalny’s demise, noting that whereas Washington was uncertain what occurred, it was “a consequence of something that Putin and his thugs did”.

Meanwhile, Italy, Poland, France, Belgium and the European Union itself turned the newest powers to summon Russia’s respective ambassadors over Navalny’s demise.

Mr Putin, who famously has prevented talking Navalny’s title, has not commented publicly on the matter. However, on Monday he signed a decree selling plenty of regulation enforcement and army officers, together with Valery Boyarinev, the primary deputy chief of the State Penitentiary Service who was accused of torturing Navalny in his last stint within the Siberian jail.

Putin has famously prevented talking Alexei Navalny’s title


Mr Boyarinev, who obtained the rank of colonel-general, has been accused by Navalny’s workforce of personally ordering restrictions on the opposition chief.

Initially a nationalist politician, Navalny rose to fame as an anti-corruption campaigner who quickly started to take intention at “madman” Mr Putin and his regime of “crooks and thieves”, fomenting protests in opposition to the Kremlin earlier than managing to safe 27 per cent of the vote in tightly managed Moscow mayoral elections in 2013.

Following repeated arrests, investigations, and felony proceedings, Navalny was lastly evacuated to Germany in a coma after being poisoned with novichok in Russia. Upon his return in 2021, he was arrested on the airport and sentenced to 2 and half years of a previously suspended jail time period for alleged fraud.

The following 12 months, he was sentenced to 9 years on fees of spending donations to his Anti-Corruption Foundation on “extremism and personal needs”. Already listed by Amnesty International as a prisoner of conscience, he was sentenced to an extra 19 years on a raft of “extremism” fees in 2023.

He went lacking for 3 weeks in December earlier than turning up on the infamous Arctic penal colony, the place he was to die solely weeks later.