Russian Opposition Leader Navalny’s Body Release: Putin Accused of Holding Hostage

2024-02-24 18:21:22

Russian opposition team spokeswoman Alexei Navalny said on Saturday that his body had been handed over to his mother, after those close to him had been demanding it for more than a week. Meanwhile, his widow, Yulia Navalnaya, accused President Vladimir Putin on Saturday of holding the body hostage to force his mother to accept his burial in secret.

Published on: 02/24/2024 – 19:21 Last updated: 02/24/2024 – 19:22

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A team spokeswoman revealed Exhibitionist Alexei Navalny On Saturday, his body was delivered to his mother, after those close to him had been demanding it for more than a week.

Kira Iarmysh said on the “X” platform, “Alexei’s body was delivered to his mother,” adding that she does not yet know whether “the authorities will prevent the organization (of the funeral) as the family desires and as Alexei deserves.”

This, and it was Yulia Navalnaya The widow of the late Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny urged the Russian authorities on Saturday to release his body for burial. Navalnaya said in a video clip she posted online with a trembling voice, accusing the Russian president, “Nine days have passed since Putin killed my husband…but it turned out that the killing was not enough, and now he has taken his body hostage, and humiliated his mother to force her to agree to bury him in secret.”

She added, “Putin… is the one who gives the orders, saying: Do not return him, put pressure on the mother, break her, tell her that her son’s body is decomposing.”

“She tortured him” during his life and “tortured him after his death.”

She stated that an official told her that she had to agree because Navalny’s body had already begun to decompose.

Navalny’s widow added, addressing Putin, “She tortured him when he was alive, and now she tortures him after his death.”

The opposition’s mother, Lyudmila Navalnaya, announced Thursday that she was able to see her son’s body and accused the Russian authorities of pressuring her to bury him “in secret.”

Iarmysh said that the fate of the funeral was not yet clear. She added, “Lyudmila Ivanova is still in Salekhard. The funeral is still pending. We do not know whether the authorities will interfere in holding it in the way the family wants and which Alexei deserves.”

Earlier, Navalny’s team, who died three years after being imprisoned in difficult conditions, had accused the Kremlin of killing him and seeking to hide any trace of that.

According to observers, the Kremlin fears that the funeral will turn into a public event, especially since Russia is organizing presidential elections in mid-March in which Putin is expected to win again.

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