Massive Turnout at Navalny’s Funeral Despite Police Warnings

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In a powerful show of solidarity, thousands of Russians attended the funeral of Alexey Navalny, a vocal critic of President Vladimir Putin. Ignoring police threats lining the paths to the burial site, mourners, including Navalny’s parents and foreign diplomats, such as Ambassador to Russia Lynne Tracy, gathered to honor the late activist.

Notably absent was Yulia Navalnaya, Navalny’s wife, who expressed concerns about potential arrest due to her bold accusations against Putin for her husband’s death. In a touching message sent to the ceremony, she expressed gratitude for their 26 years together and pledged to ensure his happiness and carry on his legacy.

The Kremlin maintained silence during the funeral, with spokesperson Dmitry Peskov warning that any unauthorized memorials and gatherings would be considered illegal, signaling the possibility of arrests.

Approximately 45 individuals were detained by the police while attempting to approach Navalny’s funeral, underscoring the authorities’ firm stance. Navalny’s death on February 16 in a Moscow penal colony raised suspicions, with his family directly blaming Putin.

Navalny gained global attention in 2020 when he was poisoned with a nerve agent while aboard a plane, an incident linked to his outspoken criticism of Putin. Despite his passing, his message encouraging fellow Russians not to surrender in the face of adversity remains impactful.

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