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Alexei Navalny’s Mother Says Not Allowed To See His Body

Moscow:

A court in Russia’s far north will next month hear a lawsuit brought by the mother of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who died after being prevented from seeing his body, his allies said on Wednesday. Lyudmila Navalnaya has been visiting the remote IK-3 prison where her son died, but has been prevented from seeing her son’s body since Saturday, when she arrived.

On Tuesday, she appealed to Russian President Vladimir Putin to release her son’s body.

TASS reported that the court had received a complaint of “unlawful conduct” and that the hearing would be held behind closed doors.

Navalny’s team said on social media that a court in the Arctic city of Salekhard would hear the case on March 4, more than two weeks after the death of Putin’s opponent.

On Tuesday, Lyudmila Navalnaya broke her silence about her son’s death and asked President Putin to show her son’s body in a video address.

“President Vladimir Putin, I ask you. The solution to this problem depends only on you,” she said.

“Please let me finally meet my son. I demand that Alexei’s body be released immediately so that he can be buried humanely.”

Navalny’s widow, Yulia Navalnaya, echoed the call, calling on authorities to allow him a “dignified burial.”

President Putin has not commented or responded.

Russia’s longtime leader has remained silent about the death in prison of his main political opponent.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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