Navalny’s body handed over by Russian authorities to his mother | Human Rights News


Navalny’s family had said Russian authorities were withholding his body after he died in a penal colony last week.

The body of Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny has been handed over to his mother, his spokesman and an aide said.

“Alexei’s body was given to his mother. Thank you to everyone who demanded this from us,” Navalny spokesperson Kira Yarmysh said on X on Saturday.

The details of his funeral arrangements have yet to be determined, Yarmysh said, and it is unclear whether authorities will become involved.

Ivan Zhdanov, the director of Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation, also confirmed the news on his Telegram account and thanked “everyone” who called on Russian authorities to return the body.

Navalny’s widow, Yulia Navalnaya, had previously demanded the release of his body for burial, accusing Russian President Vladimir Putin of mocking Orthodox Christian values ​​and “torturing” his corpse.

“You tortured him alive, and now you continue to torture him to death. You are mocking the remains of the dead,” she said in a video message to Putin.

Navalny, widely seen as Russia’s most prominent opposition voice, died last week in a high-security penal colony in the Arctic while serving a 19-year prison sentence on charges of “extremism.”

Many world leaders, including President Volodymyr Zelenskyy of Ukraine and US President Joe Biden, denounced Navalny’s death and said it was clear that Russia was responsible for his death.

However, Russia has denied any responsibility and said he died of natural causes.

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