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Putin Critic Alexei Navalny’s Wife Accuses Putin Of Holding His Body “Hostage”

Navalnaya said her husband was a devout Christian.

Moscow:

Yulia Navalnaya, the widow of late Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, on Saturday called on Russian authorities to release the body for burial, claiming that “diabolical” Russian President Vladimir Putin had tortured the body. ” accused him of doing so.

In a six-minute video posted to YouTube, Navalnaya accused Putin of holding her husband’s body “hostage” and questioned Putin’s often-professed Christian faith.

Mr Navalny’s mother, Lyudmila, on Friday refused to release Mr Navalny’s body from a morgue in the remote Arctic city of Salekhard until Russian investigators agreed to let him lie in state without a public funeral. He said there was.

She said officials told her to comply with the request because Navalny’s body was already decomposing.

On Saturday, Navalny’s aides said authorities had threatened to bury him in the remote prison colony where he died unless his family agreed to terms.

In the video, an emotional Yulia Navalnaya said that Putin was personally responsible for the whereabouts of Navalny’s body and that he was “torturing” Navalny in death, just as he was in life. insisted.

“We already knew that Putin’s faith was false, but now we see it more clearly than ever,” Navalnaya, dressed in black, said.

“A true Christian would never be able to do what President Putin is currently doing with Alexei’s body.”

Since returning to the Russian presidency in 2012, Vladimir Putin has positioned himself as a defender of traditional, conservative values ​​against what he portrays as corrupt Western liberalism.

He also touts his closeness to the Russian Orthodox Church, regularly attending services at religious festivals, and speaking about his personal faith.

Navalnaya said her husband was a devout Christian who attended church and fasted during Lent while in prison. She said his political activities were inspired by Christian values.

“Please return my husband’s body. We would like to hold a funeral and bury him in the ground in a humane manner according to Orthodox Christian customs,” she said at the end of the video.

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

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