Navalny mother says officials pressuring her into ‘secret’ burial

Flowers are positioned round a portrait of late Russian opposition chief Alexei Navalny at a makeshift memorial in entrance of the previous Russian consulate in Frankfurt am Primary, Germany (-)

The mom of Alexei Navalny, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s most important opponent who died in an Arctic jail final week, stated Thursday officers are pressuring her right into a “secret” burial for her son.

Lyudmila Navalnaya stated she had been in a position to see the physique within the morgue in Salekhard, the closest city to the distant jail, after a number of days of being barred from the morgue.

“Yesterday night they secretly took me to the morgue the place they confirmed me Alexei,” she stated in a video launched on social media by Navalny’s crew.

However she stated of the burial: “They need it to be performed secretly with no probability to say goodbye.”

“They’re blackmailing me, they put situations for the place, when and the way Alexei ought to be buried. That is unlawful,” she stated.

“They need to take me to the sting of a cemetery to a recent grave and say: Right here is the place your son lies. I’m towards that.

“I need that for these of you for whom Alexei is pricey, for everybody for whom his demise grew to become a private tragedy, to have the chance to say goodbye to him.”

She stated she recorded the video as a result of investigators had been “threatening” her.

“Trying me within the eye, they stated that if I don’t conform to a secret funeral they’re going to do one thing with my son’s physique… I ask for my son’s physique to be given to me instantly,” she stated.

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