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Biden met with Alexei Navalny’s family and says sanctions against Russia to come

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President Biden met with the widow and daughter of the late Russian leader Alexei Navalny in California on Thursday, following the loss of the Russian opposition leader.

Biden said Friday there was “no question” that Navalny’s death was “the result of the actions of Mr. Putin and his thugs.”

After Navalny’s death, Russian authorities claimed that he became ill after going for a walk in the penal colony where he was imprisoned in Siberia, then lost consciousness and died.

Biden posted on social media on Thursday about his separate meetings with Navalny’s wife Yulia and daughter Dasha Navalnaya in San Francisco.

After Navalny’s death, Biden says there is “no doubt” that “Putin and his thugs” were behind it.

President Biden met with Alexei Navalny’s widow (right) and daughter in California on Thursday. (Pothos-X)

“Today I met Yulia Navalnaya and Dasha Navalnaya. [Alexei] To Mr. Navalny’s loved ones, I extend my condolences to their devastating loss,” Biden wrote on X.[Alexei’s] The legacy of courage will live on in Yulia and Dasha and in the countless others across Russia who fight for democracy and human rights. ”

“The Biden administration plans to announce new sanctions against Russia on Friday,” the White House said in a statement. [Alexei’s] Death, Russian repression and aggression, and a brutal and illegal war in Ukraine. ”

Biden spoke briefly to reporters Thursday about the meeting.

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Biden hugs Yulia Navalnaya

President Biden met with the widow and daughter of the late President Alexei Navalny in California on Thursday. (Potus-X)

“I had the honor of meeting Mr. Aleskiy Navalny’s wife and daughter. Of course he was a man. Incredible courage. And I hope his wife and daughter emulate that.” It’s amazing that there are,” the president said. “And we will be announcing sanctions tomorrow against President Putin, who is responsible for his death. And I made one thing clear: Yolanda [Yulia] She plans to keep fighting in every way possible. Therefore, we will not give up. ”

Following Navalny’s death last week, Yulia took to a stage normally reserved for senior politicians in Munich and vowed that Putin and his allies would be brought to justice over the death.

Afterwards, she solemnly vowed: “I will continue the work of Mr. Alexei Navalny.”

Navalny seen grinning in court video the day before his death

Navalny and his wife

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny and his wife Yulia in Moscow in 2013. (AP/Evgeny Feldman/File)

The statement was ambitious, especially coming from a woman who once said in an interview with Harper’s Bazaar Russia that her “important job” was to take care of the couple’s children and home.

Now, her job is to guide the Russian rebels through one of the darkest and most turbulent periods in Russian history.

Shortly after meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva, Switzerland, in 2021, Biden was asked what would happen if Navalny died in Russian custody.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin wears a suit and sits on a chair

Russian President Vladimir Putin (Alexander Kazakov/SPUTNIK/AFP via Getty Images/File)

“We have made it clear that we believe the consequences will be catastrophic for Russia,” Biden said at the time.

Biden was asked about this comment last week.

“That was three years ago,” Biden said. “During that time, they faced so many consequences.”

Biden was referring to Russian military losses in the Ukraine war and international sanctions imposed against his government.

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“I just want to say, ‘God bless Alexei Navalny,'” Biden concluded. “His courage will be remembered.”

Fox News Digital’s Greg Norman contributed to this report.

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