Russian Opposition Leader, Alexei Navalny, Dies In Prison, Details Emerge

Russian Opposition Leader, Alexei Navalny, Dies In Prison, Details Emerge

  • Alexei Navalny, the fiercest foe of Russian President, Vladimir Putin, died on Friday, February 16, multiple reports have said
  • The Federal Prison Service stated in a statement that Navalny felt sick after a walk on Friday, February 16, and lost consciousness
  • Reports that the deceased died at the Arctic prison colony where he was serving a 19-year term

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Moscow, Russia - Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny died on Friday, February 16.

Widely considered President Vladimir Putin's most vociferous critic, Navalny was serving a 19-year jail term on charges many people ascribe to political persecution. The late anti-corruption activist was 47.

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Alexei Navalny is no more. Photo credit: Kirill Kudryavtsev
Source: UGC

Russia’s federal penitentiary service confirmed Navalny's demise in a statement, the BBC said.

The statement reads:

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“Navalny felt bad after a walk, almost immediately losing consciousness. Medical staff arrived immediately and an ambulance team was called. Resuscitation measures were carried out which did not yield positive results. Paramedics confirmed the death of the convict.
"The causes of death are being established."

Navalny's death is likely to be seen as a political assassination attributable to Putin, Guardian UK said.

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Reacting to the news, Rishi Sunak, the prime minister (PM) of the United Kingdom (UK), described Navalny's death as a "terrible news".

He tweeted:

"This is terrible news. As the fiercest advocate for Russian democracy, Alexei Navalny demonstrated incredible courage throughout his life.
"My thoughts are with his wife and the people of Russia, for whom this is a huge tragedy."

Similarly, Charles Michel, President of the European Council, wrote on X:

"Navalny fought for the values of freedom and democracy. For his ideals, he made the ultimate sacrifice.

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"The EU holds the Russian regime for sole responsible for this tragic death.
"I extend my deepest condolences to his family. And to those who fight for democracy around the world in the darkest conditions.
"Fighters die. But the fight for freedom never ends."

John Sweeney, a British writer, claimed Navalny was killed.

He commented:

"RIP Alexei Navalny. I met him three times. He was a great man, a true Russian - full of flaws - and a brave enemy of Vladimir Putin's Fascist regime. And now he's dead.
"I have no doubt that whatever the Kremlin says, they killed him."

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