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The day of the funeral of the opposition chief Alexei Navalny started with a number of commotion when a household spokesperson introduced that the physique had not been handed over to his kinfolk. Since he died in an Arctic jail, these round him have struggled to see the physique. Shortly after, Navalny's crew stated that the hearse with the stays of the Russian opponent is heading to the Moscow church for his funeral.

Nearly 1,000 individuals gathered to say goodbye to the dissident. The Kremlin warned in opposition to “unauthorized” demonstrations.

According to his followers, a number of church buildings in Moscow refused to have a good time mass for the person who fought in opposition to official corruption and arranged huge protests that recognized him as the principle political enemy of the nation's president, Vladimir Putin. Many Western leaders blamed the Russian president for the loss of life of his rival, an accusation rejected by the Kremlin, AP studies.

Navalny's crew finally gained permission into the Church of the Icon of the Mother of God Relieve My Suffering, which on Friday was surrounded by crowd management limitations. Hours earlier than the service, a whole lot of individuals waited to enter the church beneath the watchful eye of the massive police drive.

Navalny's followers await his funeral.

Navalny's followers await his funeral.ALEXANDER NEMENOVAFP

Western diplomats and native politicians Boris Nadezhdin and Yekaterina Duntsova could possibly be seen within the lengthy line. Both aspired to face Putin within the presidential elections that may happen in the midst of the month and oppose the struggle in Ukraine, however their candidacies weren’t permitted.

After arriving in a hearse on the church, the coffin left the automobile amidst applause and chants of “Surge! Surge!”. Some shouted “You weren't afraid, neither were we!”

A photograph taken contained in the temple confirmed an open coffin with Navalny's physique lined in white and crimson flowers, and his mom sitting subsequent to it holding a candle.

The opponent's father was additionally current, but it surely was not clear who else in his household attended.

His widow, Yulia Navalnaya, gave a speech simply two days in the past earlier than the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France. Her daughter research at Stanford University within the United States, and the whereabouts of her son are unknown.

All of Navalny's closest collaborators have left Russia as a result of strain and adopted the funeral, which was broadcast dwell on his YouTube channel, from overseas.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov requested those that gathered in Moscow and elsewhere to not violate the legislation and famous that any “unauthorized (mass) gatherings” represent a violation.

The burial is scheduled to be within the close by Borisovskoye cemetery, the place there was additionally a robust police presence.

Tribute from his spouse

Navalny's widow, Yulia, paid tribute to her husband in X shortly after his burial on Friday, thanking him for “26 years of absolute happiness.” Navalnaya, who’s exterior Russia and didn’t attend his funeral, wrote: “I don't know how to live without you, but I will do everything to make you happy up there and proud of me. I don't know if I will succeed or not.” , however I’ll attempt.”

His mother's struggle

The opponent's mother spent eight days trying to get the authorities to hand over her son's body after his death on February 16 in Penal Colony No. 3 in Kharp, a town in the Yamalo-Nenets region, about 1,900 kilometers (1,200 miles) northeast of Moscow.

Even on Friday itself, the morgue where the body was kept delayed its delivery, said Ivan Zhdanov, a close collaborator of Navalny and director of his Anti-Corruption Foundation.

At first, the authorities claimed that they could not hand over the body because they had to carry out post-mortem tests. Navalnaya, 69, asked the president through a video to return the mortal remains of her son so she could bury him with dignity.

At least one funeral director said he was “forbidden” to work with Navalny supporters, according to his spokeswoman, Kira Yarmysh, on social media. The opposition's team also had difficulty finding a hearse.

Russian authorities have not yet announced the cause of death of Navalny, who was 47 years old.

The opponent had been imprisoned since January 2021, when he returned to Moscow to face safe detention after recovering in Germany from a poisoning with a nerve agent for which he blamed the Kremlin.

Both its Anti-Corruption Foundation and its regional offices were designated “extremist organizations” by the federal government in 2021.