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Navalny's mother: I was allowed to see the boy's body

2024-02-22 19:38:00, Kosova & Bota CNA

Navalny's mother: I was allowed to see the boy's body

Lyudmila Navalnaya, the mother of late Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, said on February 22 that a day earlier, investigators had allowed her to see her son's body.

Navalny's body was found in the Arctic town of Salehard.

In a video statement, Navalnaya said she has signed the death certificate, but Russian authorities are still holding her son's body.

"Last night, they secretly sent me to the morgue, where they showed me Alexei. "The investigators claim they know the cause of death, all the medical and legal documents I had are ready and I signed the death certificate," she said.

Navalnaya added that Russian authorities are continuing to illegally hold her son's body. According to her, the authorities want her son's burial to be "secret, without a farewell ceremony".

"They are blackmailing me, setting conditions on where, when and how Alexei should be buried," said Navalnaya.

"I ask that my son's body be handed over to me," she added.

Meanwhile, Navalny's media spokeswoman, Kira Yarmysh, said that the medical report given to his mother stated that the Kremlin critic had died of natural causes.

Navalny died on February 16 in a prison in the Arctic. A local department of Russia's Federal Prison Service said Navalny felt ill after the walk on February 16 and then lost consciousness.

An ambulance went to try to provide him with medical aid, but he died, the statement said.

Navalny, a vocal critic of Putin, had been held in a Russian prison since 2021 on charges that many have described as politically motivated.

 In August, Navalny was found guilty of founding and financing an extremist organization, which he has always denied, and was sentenced to an additional 19 years in prison.

He had already been sentenced to nine years in prison for breach of parole, fraud and contempt of court./ Rel

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