Russian funeral parlours have been ‘prohibited’ from internet hosting a service for Alexei Navalny after his ‘homicide’ in Arctic penal colony, Putin critic’s allies declare

  • Navalny’s group say they’re being barred by Moscow funeral halls from holding a farewell ceremony



Russian funeral parlours have been ‘prohibited’ from internet hosting a service for Alexei Navalny after his loss of life in an Arctic penal colony, the Putin critic’s allies have claimed.

Navalny’s spokeswoman mentioned immediately that his allies had been unable to discover a venue in Russia the place folks may pay their respects to the opposition chief, who many within the West imagine was murdered on the request of Putin earlier this month. 

Kira Yarmysh wrote on X: ‘Since yesterday we now have been on the lookout for a web site the place we will say farewell to Alexei. We known as spherical most non-public and public funeral companies, industrial websites and funeral halls.

‘Some locations say the house is busy, some locations refuse upon point out of the title “Navalny”. In a single place we have been straight instructed that funeral companies have been prohibited from working with us.’

Navalny’s group say they’re being barred by Moscow funeral halls from holding a farewell ceremony for the opposition chief.

Navalny’s spokeswoman mentioned immediately that his allies had been unable to discover a venue in Russia the place folks may pay their respects to the opposition chief who died in jail this month
A photograph of Navalny lies amongst flowers close to the Wall of Grief monument in Moscow, on February 17

The top of the Russian Orthodox Church patriarch Kirill can also be reported to have known as on the Russian President to go the physique of religious Navalny to his mom, Lyudmila Navalnaya.

Navalny died within the Polar Wolf penal colony simply hours after showing in a dwell courtroom video feed trying match and wholesome.

Putin’s officers look like in search of to dam a funeral for Navalny on February 29, when the dictator makes a serious annual speech to the Russian Federal Meeting.

The handle is seen as setting out his plans for the approaching years of his dictatorship.

He views it as a key second of his election marketing campaign in search of a brand new six-year time period, though the consequence – a landslide victory – is a foregone conclusion. 

One knowledgeable supply instructed Verstka that the Kremlin didn’t need a conflict between Navalny’s funeral and Putin’s speech.

‘Now nothing ought to distract from the president’s message, which is basically his [election] programme. On this sense, March 1 is the best date [for the funeral,’ the source said.

The Kremlin today warned Russians not to use Navalny’s funeral as a moment for protests.

‘These people, so-called supporters [of Navalny] are well-known for his or her provocative calls – to interrupt the legal guidelines of the Russian Federation,’ mentioned Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

The top of the Russian Orthodox Church patriarch Kirill can also be reported to have known as on the Russian President to go the physique of religious Navalny to his mom, Lyudmila Navalnaya (pictured)
Navalny died within the Polar Wolf penal colony within the Russian Arctic simply hours after showing in a dwell courtroom video feed trying match and wholesome
Putin’s officers look like in search of to dam a funeral for Navalny on February 29, when the dictator makes a serious annual speech to the Russian Federal Meeting

‘This can be a very dangerous follow and has authorized and legislation enforcement penalties for individuals who reply to those calls.’

It took 9 days for the physique to be given to Navalny’s mom. Russian officers say he died of ‘pure causes’.

Associates of Navalny mentioned yesterday that talks have been underway shortly earlier than his loss of life to alternate him for a Russian imprisoned in Germany.

‘Alexei Navalny may have been sitting right here now, immediately. It is not a determine of speech,’ Maria Pevchikh, an in depth affiliate who lives outdoors Russia, mentioned in a video assertion posted on social media. 

She mentioned she acquired affirmation the talks have been within the ‘closing phases’ on February 15, the day earlier than Navalny was reported lifeless.

Her claims, which have been reiterated on social media by different Navalny aides, couldn’t be independently confirmed and she or he didn’t provide any proof to again them up.

In line with Pevchikh, Navalny and two US residents held in Russia have been purported to be swapped for Vadim Krasikov. 

He was serving a life sentence in Germany for the 2019 killing in Berlin of Zelimkhan ‘Tornike’ Khangoshvili, a 40-year-old Georgian citizen of Chechen descent. 

German judges mentioned Krasikov acted on the orders of Russian authorities, who gave him a false identification, passport and assets to hold out the killing.

German officers have refused to remark when requested if there had been any effort by Russia to safe a swap of Krasikov.

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