Death of Alexei Navalny – Russia: Alexei Navalny’s widow listed as “terrorist and extremist”

Death of Alexei Navalny – Russia: Alexei Navalny’s widow listed as “terrorist and extremist”
Death of Alexei Navalny – Russia: Alexei Navalny’s widow listed as “terrorist and extremist”

Yulia Navalnaya’s name appears on this list kept by Rosfinmonitoring, the Russian financial intelligence service, AFP noted on Thursday.

The Russian justice system announced on Tuesday that Ms Navalnaya, who lives abroad, was the subject of an arrest warrant for “participation in an extremist group”.

His pre-trial detention was ordered in his absence by a Moscow court.

“How fast! (…) If they are applying themselves to this extent, it is because Yulia Navalnaya is doing everything right,” joked on X (ex-Twitter) the former spokesperson for Alexei Navalny, Kira Iarmych, also in exile.

Yulia Navalnaya has vowed to take up the mantle from her husband, Vladimir Putin’s number one enemy, after he died in unclear circumstances in his Arctic prison in February 2024.

She called on the opposition’s supporters not to lose hope, and regularly denounces Russian power and the fate reserved for dissidents in Russia on social networks.

Mr Navalny’s organisations were classified as “extremist” and banned in 2021 by the Russian courts, and several of his collaborators have since been sentenced to prison terms.

The repression in Russia in recent years has thrown almost all prominent opponents behind bars or forced them to live abroad.

Thousands of ordinary Russians have also been arrested for protesting or criticizing the military offensive in Ukraine, many of them receiving very harsh sentences.

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