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Yulia Navalnaya Stands Resolute: Accuses Putin of Husband’s Death

Yulia Navalnaya

Posted: February 20, 2024 at 11:51 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

In a poignant and impassioned video address, Yulia Navalnaya, the widow of prominent Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, vowed to carry on her late husband’s political legacy while accusing Russian President Vladimir Putin of orchestrating his demise.

Her heartfelt message comes amidst growing international scrutiny and profound grief following Navalny’s untimely death in a Russian prison.

“I will continue Alexei Navalny’s work … I want to live in a free Russia, I want to build a free Russia,” declared Navalnaya in a powerful nine-minute video shared on social media platforms.

Yulia’s Message to the World

She called upon the Russian people to unite behind her cause, urging them to share not only in her grief but also in her rage against those responsible for her husband’s fate.

“I call on you to stand with me. To share not only grief and endless pain … I ask you to share with me the rage. The fury, anger, hatred for those who dare to kill our future.”

Navalnaya’s address comes amidst disturbing revelations that Russian authorities are withholding Navalny’s body from his family for an additional two weeks, citing the need for “chemical analysis.”

This delay has only compounded the anguish for Navalnaya and her supporters, who view it as a deliberate attempt to conceal evidence of foul play.

Over 63,000 people have signed a petition by Russian human rights group, OVD-Info to Russian investigators demanding the release of Navalny’s body.

“I shouldn’t have been in this place, I shouldn’t be recording this video. There should have been another person in my place. But that person was killed by Vladimir Putin,” asserted Navalnaya, her voice trembling with emotion.

She accused the Russian regime of not only orchestrating Navalny’s death but also of concealing his body until traces of the nerve agent Novichok, used in a previous assassination attempt against Navalny, dissipate.

Despite facing immense personal risk and uncertainty, she remains steadfast in her pursuit of truth and accountability.

As Yulia Navalnaya continues to mourn the loss of her beloved husband, she implores the international community to stand in solidarity with the Russian people in their quest for justice and freedom. Her impassioned plea resonates far beyond the borders of Russia, galvanizing support and solidarity from individuals and governments worldwide.

Yulia Navalnaya lives in an undisclosed location abroad and said her main aim was to protect her two children from the fallout of her late husband’s political work.

“Putin killed the father of my children. Putin took away the most precious thing I had, the closest person to me, and the person I loved most in the world,” she said.

World Support

The exiled opposition politician Dmitry Gudkov wrote: “Yulia, I wish you strength and patience! You can count on my support!.”

In the wake of Navalny’s death, Western leaders have condemned Putin’s regime and called for swift action to hold those responsible to account.

The European Union and the United States are considering imposing new sanctions on Russia, signaling a unified response to the brazen assault on democracy and human rights.

“Vladimir Putin and his regime will be held accountable for the death of Alexei Navalny,” Josep Borrell, the EU’s foreign policy chief said.

Sanctions could include the use of frozen Russian assets, a move that would be in addition to a levy Belgium exacts from interest on immobilised cash reserves.

US President Joe Biden blamed the Kremlin for his death, saying there can be “no doubt” Vladimir Putin was to blame.

“God bless Alexei Navalny,” Biden added. “His courage will not be forgotten.”

“We’re looking at a whole number of options,” he said. “That’s all I’ll say right now.”

The Kremlin said on Monday it had “nothing to add” to the news on the death of Navalny. It denies involvement in his death.

Who was Alexei Navalny?

Born on June 4, 1976, in the western part of the Moscow region, Navalny’s journey from a humble background to becoming Putin’s most formidable adversary is one of unwavering commitment to justice and democracy. A graduate of Russia’s RUDN University, Navalny initially pursued a career in law before emerging as a prominent voice against rampant corruption within the Russian state.

Throughout his tumultuous career, Yulia Navalny fearlessly exposed corruption at the highest levels of power, targeting state-run corporations and political elites with relentless determination. His anti-corruption initiatives, including the establishment of the Foundation for Fighting Corruption, garnered widespread attention and galvanized public support for political reform.

Navalny’s activism transcended conventional boundaries, culminating in his bid for the Moscow mayoralty in 2013—a watershed moment in Russia’s political landscape. Despite facing formidable opposition from the Kremlin, Navalny’s campaign resonated with ordinary Russians disillusioned with entrenched corruption and political stagnation.

His relentless pursuit of accountability and transparency earned him both admiration and enmity, as evidenced by his repeated arrests and legal battles with the Russian authorities. Navalny’s unwavering commitment to democratic principles and human rights made him a beacon of hope for millions of Russians yearning for change in their country.

Navalny’s indomitable spirit and unwavering resolve persisted even in the face of adversity. His courage in the aftermath of a near-fatal poisoning attempt in August 2020, attributed to a Soviet-era nerve agent, underscored his steadfast commitment to the principles of democracy and freedom.

Despite enduring years of persecution and imprisonment, Yulia Navalny remained undeterred in his quest for a more just and equitable society.

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