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All About Yulia Navalnaya, Alexei Navalny’s Wife Continuing His Fight

Yulia Navalnaya met her husband, then a young lawyer, while on vacation in Turkey in 1998 (File)

Yulia Navalnaya vowed to continue her late husband Alexei Navalny’s fight for a “free Russia” and called on her supporters to oppose President Vladimir Putin with more anger than ever.

What do we know about Yulia Navalnaya?

her family and childhood

Yulia Navalnaya was born Yulia Abrosimova on June 24, 1976 in Moscow. Her father, Boris Abrosimov, was a scientist, and her mother worked in the government.

Yulia Navalnaya, a graduate of the prestigious Plekhanov Russian School of Economics, worked for a while at a bank in Moscow.

Family life with Alexei Navalny

She met her future husband, then a young lawyer, while on vacation in Turkey in 1998. He was fascinated by her ability to memorize the names of all of Russia’s current ministers, Sovesednik newspaper wrote in a 2020 article about the couple.

The two married two years later, and Yulia Navalnaya became a full-time housewife to the couple’s children, Daria, born in 2001, and Zakhar, born in 2008. She and Alexei Navalny were once members of the liberal Yabloko party.

support husband

Yulia Navalnaya frequently appeared next to her husband at rallies, campaigns and in court during many trials.

She attended his first major criminal trial in Kirov in 2013, where he was sentenced to 10 years in prison for allegedly stealing from a timber company while working for Kirov’s liberal governor. I sat quietly behind him while he was waiting.

“These bastards will never see our tears,” she said after Alexei Navalny was sentenced to five years in prison. He was suddenly released the next day following protests, and his sentence was later suspended.

Yulia Navalnaya remained by her husband’s side throughout the subsequent 2013 Moscow mayoral election, appearing on stage in front of thousands of people to urge Muscovites to vote for her husband.

Alexei Navalny’s poisoning

Yulia Navalnaya played a key role in the evacuation of her husband from Russia to a German hospital in August 2020, where Western clinical tests determined that he had tried to be poisoned with a nerve agent in Siberia. The patient was diagnosed and received treatment.

Yulia Navalny has written to the Kremlin directly appealing for intervention and for Alexei Navalny to be allowed to leave Russia.

In response, the Kremlin said it had not received a formal request from Alexei Navalny’s representatives to transfer him, but had heard about the message through social networks.

Alexei Navalny’s doctors in Omsk repeatedly postponed his transfer due to his poor health. Two days after Alexei Navalny was hospitalized, a plane organized by a German-based non-profit organization arrived to take him to Berlin.

Asked whether the authorities had intervened to prevent Alexei Navalny from entering Germany, Russian government spokesman Dmitry Peskov said: “That is the decision of the attending doctor.”

multiple arrests

Yulia Navalnaya has been arrested multiple times at protests related to her husband and his activist work.

She was detained twice in January 2021 at a rally in Moscow in support of Alexei Navalny, who was imprisoned after returning to Russia. She captioned a selfie she posted on Instagram: “Sorry for the poor quality. The light from the rice cart was really bad.”

She was later fined 20,000 rubles ($265) by a court.

emotional toll

Government pressure on her husband was not always easy for Yulia Navalnaya. Alexei Navalny told Reuters in 2017, before running for president in 2018, that security services were tracking his wife and children, then aged 15 and nine.

“Cars are constantly passing by. I don’t really care anymore, but Yulia really does,” Alexei Navalny said.

“What I felt most was that I should relax and not show weakness,” Yulia Navalnaya said in an interview in Germany after her husband’s poisoning. She said, “If I fall apart, everyone will fall apart too.”

Future Plans

Yulia Navalny released a video message on Monday titled “I will continue Alexei Navalny’s work.” She currently lives abroad and said she wants to “build a free Russia,” but she has not yet disclosed details of her plans or where she will be based.

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

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