/ 21 February 2024

A long wait for Navalny’s family


The family of Putin critic Alexei Navalny says they’ve been told they won’t be given his body for 2 weeks following his death at an Arctic penal colony on Friday. Nalvalny’s mother has been told his body is undergoing “chemical analysis”, prompting his wife, Yulia Navalnaya, to accuse President Vladimir Putin of having him poisoned with the deadly nerve agent Novichok. She believes authorities are waiting for traces of the poison to leave his body. Novichok was popular during the Cold War, and you might remember Navalny was poisoned with it before a flight to Moscow back in 2020… Yulia also released a video message to Navalny’s supporters vowing to continue his work to “free Russia”. For its part, the Kremlin says there’s an ongoing investigation into Navalny’s death, and there are “no results” to report. The US has its doubts – President Joe Biden has announced “major sanctions” on Russia over Navalny’s death…

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