Russia refuses to release Navalny’s body for at least two weeks

The Russian authorities have notified the lawyers and family of the opposition politician, who died in a prison in the Arctic, that they will keep the body for another two weeks.

Alexei Navalny, a prominent Russian opposition figure who died in prison on Friday, will undergo a 14-day “expert” examination of his body, his team of collaborators said on Monday.

“Alexei’s lawyers and mother were told by the investigators that they won’t release the body and that they will conduct a chemical analysis, an examination, for the next 14 days,” Kira Yarmish, the spokesperson for the opposition, said on Monday on YouTube.

Yarmish also reported on Monday that the Russian authorities have notified the lawyers and family of the opposition politician, who died in a prison in the Arctic, that they will keep the body for another two weeks to perform “chemical examinations.” He said this on his X social network account, where he had been exposing the difficulties to retrieve the body of one of the main critics of President Vladimir Putin.

The Federal Penitentiary Service of the Russian Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous District confirmed on Friday the death of Navalny after he “felt sick during a walk.” Moscow has dismissed the condemnation of his death and has requested to wait for the autopsy results.

The 47-year-old activist was in jail since his detention in January 2021 when he came back to Moscow from Berlin, where he had been treated for a poisoning that he and Western governments blamed on the Russian President’s security service.

About 400 people were detained during spontaneous protests in several cities throughout the nation against Navalny’s death, as reported by the NGO OVD-Info, which specializes in tracking arrests. It also said that six of them were “assaulted” while in custody.

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