Russia issues arrest warrant for Navalny’s widow

Russia issues arrest warrant for Navalny’s widow
Russia issues arrest warrant for Navalny’s widow

Russia issues arrest warrant for Navalny’s widow

Moscow accuses Yulia Navalnaya, wife of Kremlin rival who died in prison, of “participation in an extremist group.”

Published: 09.07.2024, 18:23

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Russia announced on Tuesday that it had issued an arrest warrant for exiled opposition leader Yulia Navalnaya, widow of Alexei Navalny who died in prison in February, accused of “participation in an extremist group.”

“Yulia Borisovna (Navalnaya) has evaded preliminary investigation and has therefore been put on the wanted list,” the press service of the Moscow courts reported on Telegram.

The Basmanny Court of Moscow also ordered in absentia the pre-trial detention of the opponent, who resides abroad.

“Vladimir Putin is a murderer”

“Vladimir Putin is a murderer and a war criminal. His place is in prison,” Ms. Navalnaya responded on X.

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.

Continuing the movement of Mr. Navalny, she called on the opponent’s supporters not to lose hope and regularly denounces Russian power and the fate of 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 been sentenced to prison.

“A great recognition”

Alexei Navalny’s former right-hand man, Leonid Volkov, also in exile abroad, ironically welcomed the Russian justice system’s decision on Tuesday. “A beautiful recognition of Yulia’s determination to continue Alexei’s fight,” he wrote on X.

The repression in Russia in recent years has thrown almost all prominent opponents behind bars or driven them into exile abroad.

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

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