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Navalny’s wife vows Putin, Kremlin ‘will pay’ over reports of his death

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Alexei Navalny’s wife said on Friday that Russian President Vladimir Putin, his allies, and the Kremlin had responded to reports that her husband, a prominent opposition leader, had collapsed and died in custody in a Siberian penal colony. A price must be paid,” he vowed.

Speaking at the Munich Security Conference, which was also attended by Vice President Kamala Harris and Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Yulia Navalnaya said: “If this is true, I want Putin and everyone around him, his friends and his government to know.” They will have to pay for what they have done to our country, my family, and my husband.

“And that day will come soon,” she declared.

“I would like to appeal to the entire world community, everyone here, everyone around the world. Let’s all defeat this devil and defeat the devastating regime that currently exists in Russia,” she continued. “This regime and Vladimir Putin must be held accountable for all the horrors they are perpetrating against my country, our country, and Russia.”

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Yulia Navalnaya, wife of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, speaks at the Munich Security Conference in Munich, Friday, February 16, 2024. (Kai Paffenbach/Pool Photo/AP)

Navalnaya also said:,”I don’t know if I should believe these shocking news that we are receiving only from Russian government agencies. Because for many years now, as you all know, we can’t trust Putin, we can’t trust Putin’s government, and they always lie. ”

Russia’s Federal Prison Service said on Friday that Navalny, 47, reported feeling unwell after a walk and lost consciousness while being held at the IK-3 penal colony in Harup, also known as the “Arctic Wolf.”

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Yulia Navalny, wife of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny. (Kai Pfaffenbach/Pool Photo via AP)

An ambulance later arrived at the scene, but they were unable to revive Navalny and his death is currently under investigation, the Associated Press reported, citing a statement. Navalny was serving a 19-year sentence on extremism charges.

“I would like to thank the conference for letting me speak on its main stage,” Navalnaya told world leaders in Munich on Friday.

Memorial to Navalny in Moscow, Russia

People lay flowers in honor of Alexei Navalny at the Wall of Sorrow memorial to victims of political repression in Moscow, Russia, Friday, February 16, 2024. (AP/Dmitry Serebryakov)

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“You’ve probably all seen the terrible news. I thought a lot about whether I should come here or fly directly to my children. And I asked myself, What would Alexei do? And I am sure, he will come here, ”he said. “He will be on this stage.”

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