Putin’s Critique Alexei Navalny Dies in Arctic Circle Jail

The most significant opposition leader in Russia, Alexei Navalny died in Arctic Circle Jail, said the Jail Authority.

President Vladimir Putin’s most outspoken critic, Alexei Navalny, was serving a 19-year sentence on widely disputed extremism charges. He was relocated to one of Russia’s harshest penal colonies in late last year.

Navalny’s wife, Yulia, has appealed to the international community to intervene and hold the Russian government accountable.

One of Navalny’s closest allies, Ivan Zhdanov, the chief of the Anti-Corruption Foundation, expressed strong suspicions that Navalny may have been murdered.

According to the prison service in Russia’s Yamalo-Nenets district, Navalny fell ill after a walk on Friday and quickly lost consciousness. Despite immediate medical attention and resuscitation attempts, Navalny was pronounced dead by emergency doctors. The exact cause of his death is still under investigation.

Following the news of Navalny’s death, there was a continuous flow of Muscovites laying flowers at a monument dedicated to victims of political repression, situated opposite the Lubyanka, once the headquarters of the infamous KGB spy service.

Prosecutors issued warnings to Russians against participating in any mass protests, resulting in several detentions in central Moscow and other cities such as St. Petersburg, Murmansk, and Nizhny Novgorod.

Alexei Navanly’s death has raised questions all around the world about Putin’s involvement. (Image: CNN)

Alexei Navalny, aged 47, was last seen just one day before his demise, appearing well and cheerful during a court hearing via video link.

Yulia Navalnaya addressed the Munich Security Conference, visibly emotional, casting doubt on the reliability of state sources delivering news of her husband’s death. She warned that if the reports were true, Putin and his associates would be held accountable, asserting that justice would come sooner than anticipated.

In Navalny’s final Instagram post to his wife two days prior, he expressed his sense of closeness despite the physical distance between them, leaving behind two children, Dasha, studying in the US, and Zakhar, still in school.

His mother, Lyudmila Navalnaya, rebuffed condolences, stating that she had seen him alive, healthy, and content during a prison visit on February 12th.

Leonid Volkov, Navalny’s close aide, expressed skepticism regarding the circumstances but highlighted that the prison authorities’ statement essentially amounted to an admission of responsibility for his death.

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