Russia issues arrest warrant for Yulia Navalnaya, widow of Alexey Navalny

Russia issues arrest warrant for Yulia Navalnaya, widow of Alexey Navalny
Russia issues arrest warrant for Yulia Navalnaya, widow of Alexey Navalny

Moscow’s Bassmanny Court announced an arrest warrant for Yulia Navalnaya, the widow of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who died in mysterious circumstances in an Arctic prison.

Russia accused Navalnaya of participating in an “extremist organization.” The court said it had “approved the investigators’ request and decided on a preventive measure in the form of detention for two months.”

The prosecutor’s office ordered a two-month preventive arrest from Navalnaya following her extradition to Russian territory or her arrest in Russia.

Navalny’s widow, who has vowed to continue her husband’s cause from exile, accuses Russian President Vladimir Putin of being responsible for her husband’s death and says his power is based on “disinformation, lies, deceit and provocations.”

Once the measure was announced, Navalnaya mocked the decision on social media, calling Putin a murderer and a war criminal and saying he should be in prison.

Navalnaya, an economist, stood by her husband when he instigated mass protests in Russia, flew him out of the country when he was poisoned and returned to Moscow with him in 2021, knowing he would be jailed. After his death, she vowed to take up her late husband’s work and has lobbied against Russian leader Vladimir Putin’s government from abroad.

Navalny was a fierce critic of Putin and ran against him for the nation’s presidency in 2017. In 2020, he was poisoned with the Soviet-era agent Novichok while flying from Moscow to Siberia. He was taken to a hospital in Germany for treatment.

Navalny and Navalnaya briefly lived in Germany after their poisoning and returned to Russia in January 2021. Navalny was immediately arrested and charged with violating the terms of a previous suspended sentence for failing to report to prison officials while in Germany. He received a sentence of three and a half years in prison. His sentence was later extended to 19 years.

By the end of 2023, Navalny was transferred to an Arctic penal colony, where he died in February 2024, sparking global outrage and fresh sanctions against Russia.

Following Navalny’s death, Navalnaya returned to Germany. On July 1, she was appointed the new chairwoman of the Human Rights Foundation.

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