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Udo ceremony beneath rigidity. The funeral of Alexeï Navalny takes place this Friday 1er March, at noon, in Moscow, bringing collectively tons of of supporters of the primary opponent of Vladimir Putin, beneath shut police surveillance. Early within the morning, 1000’s of individuals within the Russian opposition started to collect in entrance of the Church of the Our Lady Icon (within the space the place Navalny lived when he was free), the place the Orthodox ceremony is being held .

When the hearse arrived, the opponent's title was chanted by the group, dealing with the police. A robust symbolic gesture because the Kremlin warned about participation in an unauthorized demonstration, which “constitutes a violation of the law”. The authorities additionally canvassed the Borisovski cemetery the place Alexeï Navalny will probably be buried.

“It's painful, people like him should not die, honest people, with principles, ready to sacrifice themselves,” Anna Stepanova advised AFP. “We no longer have politicians like that and no one knows when we will have them again,” one other individual current additionally regretted.

The French ambassador on the funeral

The French ambassador to Russia, Pierre Lévy, was current on the funeral, accompanied by his German counterpart. Other diplomats have been additionally anticipated to attend the ceremony, just like the American authorities. A robust image the day after Vladimir Putin's speech to the nation who brandished the specter of nuclear battle.

Main critic of the Kremlin, Alexeï Navalny died on the age of 47 in obscure circumstances, in jail. According to the Russian Prison Service, he died because of feeling unwell “after a walk”.

Requested by his family, the opponent's stays have been on the heart of a number of tensions earlier than they have been handed over to his mom, greater than every week after his demise. She had accused the authorities of blackmailing her, threatening to let the physique decompose if she didn’t comply with a secret funeral or to bury him on the territory of the penal colony the place he was serving a 19-year sentence. jail for “extremism”.READ ALSO Death of Navalny: an settlement to alternate the opponent was “in its final phase” earlier than his demiseHis collaborators, his widow Yulia Navalnaïa and the West have accused Vladimir Putin of being liable for his demise, which the Kremlin denies.