Russia: Navalny’s mother’s lawsuit only brought to court in March

Russia: Navalny’s mother’s lawsuit only brought to court in March

Lyudmila Navalnaya, the mother of the dead Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, has been searching in vain for her son for days. A court will not hear the application to return the body until March.

The mother of the Russian Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, who died in custody, wants to have his body returned with a lawsuit – but the responsible court in the Siberian city of Salekhard does not want to deal with this for around a week and a half. The hearing on Lyudmila Navalnaya’s application has been scheduled for March 4 and will take place behind closed doors, the Russian state news agency Tass reported on Wednesday. According to his team, the authorities had previously told Navalny’s relatives that the body would remain under lock and key for another two weeks due to “chemical tests.”

According to authorities, Navalny collapsed last Friday while walking in the prison camp north of the Arctic Circle. Attempts to resuscitate the prison officers were in vain, it is said. Navalny was only 47 at the time of death, but was weakened by a poison attack in 2020 and repeated solitary confinement in the camp.

The authorities are denying relatives access to Navalny’s body, despite international protests. His team, which accuses the Russian power apparatus of murder, sees this as an attempted cover-up. In Russia, more than 70,000 people have already signed a call for the body to be returned to relatives. Navalny’s mother Lyudmila personally asked Russian President Vladimir Putin in a video on Tuesday to see and bury her son as quickly as possible. So far there has been no reaction from the Kremlin.

Source: Stern

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