Navalny’s spokeswoman officially confirms Kremlin critic’s death

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The death of the Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been officially confirmed by his spokeswoman Kira Yarmysh in her Feb. 17 X (Twitter) post.

“Navalny died in jail on Feb. 16 at 2.17 p.m. local time,” Yarmysh wrote, citing a message that Navalny’s mother received from an employee of the colony.

According to the message, which also appeared online just two hours after his death, Navalny’s body was in Salekhard after being picked up by investigators from Russia’s investigative committee.

“Alexei Navalny was murdered. We demand that Alexei Navalny’s body be handed over to his family immediately,” Yarmysh said, adding later that his body was not in the Salekhard morgue when his lawyer and his mother arrived on Feb. 16.

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The penal colony’s investigative committee said that the cause of death had not yet been determined.

Russian authorities announced the death of 47-year-old opposition leader Alexei Navalny on Feb. 16. The politician spent the last three years in prison. He was arrested immediately after returning to Russia from Germany in January 2021. Since the end of 2023, he had been serving his sentence in the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug in the Russian Far North.

According to an investigation by The Insider, Bellingcat, and CNN with the participation of Der Spiegel, a special unit of the FSB’s Criminal Investigation Department played a key role in Navalny’s poisoning.

In February 2021, a Russian court sentenced Navalny to 3.5 years in prison in the so-called Yves Rocher case.

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In March 2022, Navalny was sentenced to another 9 years in prison in a case of fraud and contempt of court. And last August, he was sentenced to 19 years in a special regime colony under six articles on “extremism”.

In December 2023, Navalny was transferred to a colony in the village of Kharp in the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous District, above the Arctic Circle. It is considered a colony “for particularly dangerous repeat offenders” and is characterized by extremely harsh prison conditions.

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