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Russian parliament speaker: 'Washington and Brussels are to blame for Navalny's death'

by Nate Ostiller February 16, 2024 6:31 PM 2 min read
TOPSHOT - Police officers detain one of the protest movement leaders, Alexei Navalny, at Moscow's Pushkinskaya Square, on March 5, 2012, as the protesters refuse to leave the venue at the end of their larger rally earlier. (Photo by Alexander Nemenov/AFP via Getty Images)
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Vyacheslav Volodin, speaker of Russia's parliament, said that "Washington and Brussels are to blame for Navalny's death" in a post on Telegram.

Volodin went on to attack the West for accusing Russia of being behind Navalny's death without waiting for the official cause, which he said would be revealed by "forensic experts and an investigation."

He then asked a rhetorical question: "Who benefits from Navalny's death?"

"From the Secretary General (Jens Stoltenberg) of NATO and the U.S. leadership to (German Chancellor Olaf) Scholz, (U.K. Prime Minister Rishi) Sunak and (Volodymyr) Zelensky – these are the perpetrators of Navalny’s death," Volodin claimed.

Russian media reported on Feb. 16 that Navalny died in prison. Navalny was being held in a penal colony in Russia's far northern Yamal-Nenets Autonomous District.

According to the prison service, Navalny supposedly lost consciousness and could not be revived.

The penal colony that Navalny was held in is located in a remote settlement north of the Arctic Circle, with "tough conditions" and limited access to letter delivery, according to Zhdanov, the head of the Anti-Corruption Foundation established by Navalny.

Navalny was previously held in the IK-6 Melekhovo high-security prison in Russia's Vladimir Oblast.

Navalny had been serving a 2.5-year prison sentence since 2021 and a separate 9-year sentence on fraud charges since 2022.

A Russian court also sentenced Navalny to 19 years in a maximum security prison in August 2023 on extremism charges for creating the Anti-Corruption Foundation.

All these cases have been recognized as politically motivated and fabricated by international human rights organizations and governments.

Navalny was poisoned in Russia in 2020 and flown for treatment in Germany. German doctors said he had been poisoned with a Novichok nerve agent — a chemical weapon produced by the Russian government.

The Insider, Bellingcat, CNN, and Der Spiegel published an investigation according to which Navalny had been poisoned by agents of Russia’s Federal Security Service. They also identified the agents' names.

BREAKING: Russian opposition leader Navalny reportedly dies in prison
The famed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has reportedly died in prison, Russian media reported on Feb. 16.
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