Death of Russian Opposition Leader Alexei Navalny in Prison Prompts Accusations Against Kremlin, Leading to International Condemnation and Protests

Death of Russian Opposition Leader Alexei Navalny in Prison Prompts Accusations Against Kremlin, Leading to International Condemnation and Protests

Russian President Vladimir Putin has cracked down on over 100 mourners who were protesting against the death of Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny.

Navalny, a prominent critic of Putin, died while serving his prison sentence.

Russian news outlets reported his death, citing the Siberian prison service where he was detained, but did not provide a cause of death or further details.

Global Outcry and Protests

Protestors gathered outside the London embassy, chanting slogans critical of Putin such as “Putin is a murderer,” “the war must stop,” and “love is stronger than war.”

In St. Petersburg, mourners were detained by police after setting up vigils for the 47-year-old Navalny, with shocking images showing police dragging them away by their feet.

Navalny’s Imprisonment and International Reactions

Navalny had been in a Russian jail since 2021 on charges widely seen as politically motivated.

His death sparked shock and anger worldwide, with world leaders and commentators blaming the Kremlin.

President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris both held Putin responsible for Navalny’s death, while Latvia’s president declared that Navalny was “brutally murdered by the Kremlin.”

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky stated that it was “obvious” Putin had ordered the killing.

Uncertainty Surrounding Navalny’s Death

Navalny’s wife, Yulia Navalnaya, expressed uncertainty about the news of his death, following earlier statements from his spokeswoman Kira Yarmysh that his team had not yet received confirmation.

However, reports indicate that his lawyer is heading to the Siberian prison where he was held.

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