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Navalnaya: Navalny won't see future Russia, but we must

Update : 28 Feb 2024, 23:04

Yulia Navalnaya, the widow of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, addressed the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, on Wednesday.

"This House and its members condemn his killing in the strongest possible terms… the world is owed justice," said European Parliament President Roberta Metsola as she opened a session honoring Navalny's life. 

European lawmakers were later expected to debate Navalny's death and condemn the Russian regime and President Vladimir Putin, according to an official statement.

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) were also set to later discuss the dangerous situation facing opposition figures, journalists and human rights defenders in Russia. A resolution will be put to vote on Thursday.

Navalnaya fears arrests at husband's funeral

During her speech, Navalnaya described Strasbourg as one of her and Navalny's favorite cities and described a trip they took with their children three years ago. "I am back to Strasbourg" but without her family, she said. 

She said she thought she would have the time to prepare for the speech for European lawmakers, but in the twelve days since her husband's death, she has been busy struggling to get access to Navalny's body.

On her late husband's planned funeral, Navalnaya said she was not sure if it would be "peaceful or whether police will arrest those who have to say goodbye to my husband."

Earlier in the day, Navalny's spokesperson Kira Yarmysh announced that his funeral will take place on Friday afternoon in Moscow.

The funeral will be held at a church in Moscow's southeast Maryino district. The burial is to be at a nearby cemetery.

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