Document was presented to the mother of the Russian activist; She says she is being blackmailed so that the funeral will be held in secret

Lyudmila Ivanovna, mother of Russian activist Alexei Navalny, published a video on Thursday (Feb 22, 2024) in which she says she had access to her son’s body after almost a week. She reported reading Navalny’s death certificate and speaking to investigators. On X (formerly Twitter), Kira Yarmysh, the activist’s spokesperson, these that the document indicates that he died of natural causes.

Navalny’s death was reported on February 16 by the prison service of the Russian district of Yamalo-Nenets, located in Siberia, where he was serving his sentence. The activist would have felt bad and “lost consciousness almost immediately” after a walk.

Imprisoned since 2021, Navalny was sentenced to 19 years in prison on August 4 for “extremist acts”which include the creation of an NGO, calling for and financing acts and activities against the government and “rehabilitation of Nazi ideology”.

On Tuesday (Feb 20), the spokeswoman said that Navalny’s body had not been released to his family and would be held for 14 days by the authorities to carry out “chemical tests”.

In the video, the Russian activist’s mother said that investigators already have all the legal and medical documents necessary for the body to be released. According to her, they plan to bury Navalny “in secret”, without a wake.

They want to take me to the edge of the cemetery, to a new tomb and say: here lies your son. I do not agree with this”, she declared, adding that she was being blackmailed. “Looking me in the eye, they said that if I didn’t agree to a secret funeral, they would do something with my son’s body.”, these.


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