Navalny’s Widow Points Finger at Putin, Alleges Assassination, and Pledges to Carry Forward His Legacy

The widow of the Russian opposition figure Alexey Navalny accused President Vladimir Putin of being responsible for his death and indicated she will pick up her husband’s mantle, aiming for a “happy, beautiful Russia.” Yulia Navalnaya shared an eight-minute video on her late husband’s social media platforms on Monday, accusing Putin of being responsible for his death.

Yulia Navalnaya, widow of the late Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny, has accused Russian authorities of attempting to conceal the true cause of his death. Navalnaya alleges that the body of her husband is being deliberately kept from public scrutiny as part of an effort to mask the circumstances surrounding his demise. She claimed the Russian government is waiting for traces of another nerve agent, similar to Putin’s Novichoks, to disappear.

Navalny’s spokesperson, Kira Yarmish, shared on social media that the release of Navalny’s body is postponed for an additional 14 days, during which it will undergo chemical examination. The delay raises questions about the transparency of the investigation into Navalny’s death.

As Western nations express ongoing condemnation, the death of Navalny casts a shadow over the future of Russia’s opposition movement. With Alexey Navalny no longer at the forefront, Yulia Navalnaya appears poised to take on a more prominent role, despite her previous inclination to maintain a supportive role as a wife and mother. Recently, she met with EU foreign ministers in Brussels, Belgium, and declared her intention to carry on her late husband’s work.

“I will continue the work of Alexey Navalny. I am not afraid, and you don’t need to be afraid of anything,” Navalnaya stated in her video, addressing the Russian people.

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Navalny Poisoning Sparks International Outcry

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The widow of the Russian opposition figure Alexey Navalny accused President Vladimir Putin of being responsible for his death and indicated she will pick up her husband’s mantle, aiming for a “happy, beautiful Russia.”

Navalny, a prominent critic of President Vladimir Putin, was poisoned with Novichok in August 2020. Despite a CNN and Bellingcat investigation revealing an FSB hit squad’s involvement, the Kremlin vehemently denied any connection. Navalnaya’s claim of a second poisoning causing her husband’s death lacks supporting evidence, but she vowed to reveal details soon.

The Kremlin has initiated an investigation into Navalny’s death, with results currently unknown. Navalny’s demise has led to an outpouring of shock and condemnation in Western democracies, including a statement from US President Joe Biden, who expressed doubt about the official narrative and suggested Putin’s involvement.

Inside Russia, citizens gathered at makeshift memorials to honor Navalny, risking arrest due to the government’s crackdown on political dissent. Hundreds have reportedly been detained.

Yulia Navalnaya, relatively unknown before her husband’s poisoning, played a crucial role in mobilizing international support for his treatment. Her actions during that time sparked speculation among Navalny’s supporters about her potential leadership in the opposition movement.

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