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The opposition activist Alexei Navalny, who died in Russian custody, is in Moscow been buried. He was buried on the Borisovskoye Cemetery to the theme music of Terminator 2 – apparently one among Navalny's favourite movies left within the floor, as his spokeswoman Kira Jarmysch confirmed on Twitter.

Previously, the physique was positioned within the church in honor of the icon of the Mother of God Ease my grief specified by the southeast of the Russian capital. A photograph confirmed the physique mendacity within the coffin within the church. Navalny's dad and mom and different folks sat subsequent to the open coffin and held candles of their arms. According to Russian Orthodox custom, the coffin was additionally specified by the cemetery the place mourners might say goodbye to Navalny. The memorial service was streamed on YouTube by Navalny's staff. In a second stream, the Navalny staff confirmed the queue of hundreds of individuals in entrance of the cemetery within the early night.

In this photograph printed by the Navalny staff, relations and buddies pay their final respects on the open coffin of Russian opposition chief Alexei Navalny within the church in honor of the Mother of God icon “Relieve my sorrow”.
© Uncredited/​Navalny Team/​AP/​dpa

Navalny's spouse Yulia and his youngsters weren’t current on the funeral; they’re overseas for safety causes. Shortly after the funeral, Julija Navalnaya posted a private message to her husband on Instagram, thanking her for his or her time collectively. “I don't know how I'll live without you. But I'll try to make you happy and proud of me up there,” she wrote. She had beforehand introduced that she wished to proceed her husband's political struggle.

Thousands of individuals flocked to the memorial service, clapping in entrance of the church and repeatedly chanting in refrain “Nawalny, Navalny”, “No to war”, “Putin to The Hague” and “Putin is a murderer”. As they left the church, quite a few folks hugged Navalny's dad and mom and expressed their condolences. They adopted the automobile with Navalny's coffin and overturned some boundaries within the course of.

Numerous law enforcement officials had been stationed on the church and cemetery since early within the morning. They checked paperwork and private belongings of passers-by. The path from the subway station to the church was lined with steel boundaries. After the funeral, folks got here to the grave to say goodbye to Navalny.

Hours earlier than the funeral, hundreds of individuals had gathered within the Marjino district of Moscow to say goodbye to the long-time opposition chief. They have been taking an enormous threat. According to reviews, there have been greater than 50 arrests throughout Russia thus far. Hundreds of individuals have been just lately arrested at mourning rallies shortly after Navalny's loss of life.

Western diplomats and opposition figures are current

Also the German ambassador in Russia, Alexander Graf Lambsdorff, and different Western diplomats have been current and deliberate to put flowers. Also current was the well-known Russian opposition determine Yevgeny Roisman.

Foreign diplomats, together with French Ambassador to Russia Pierre Lévy (second from left) and US Ambassador to Russia Lynne Tracy (proper), in addition to German Ambassador Alexander Graf Lambsdorff (heart), attend Navalny's memorial service. © Stringer/​Reuters

Navalny's loss of life was introduced on February 16 by the jail administration of the northern Yamal area in Siberia, the place the opposition determine had been imprisoned since December. According to Russian authorities, the reason for loss of life stays unknown. Many Western leaders and the Navalny staff maintain Russian President Vladimir Putin personally chargeable for his loss of life.

Navalny's physique was not launched for days and, based on his mom, was alleged to be buried in secret. Finally, a spokeswoman for the Navalny staff, Kira Yarmysch, introduced a public funeral. She reported that a number of church buildings in Moscow had refused to host the funeral service. At least one funeral house has additionally been banned from working with Navalny's supporters.