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Hearse drivers refuse to take Navalny’s body to funeral in Moscow, team of Putin critic says

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Hearse drivers refuse to take Navalny’s body to funeral in Moscow, team of Putin critic says

Attempts to hire a hearse to transport the body of Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny to his funeral in Moscow have been disrupted by unknown individuals, reported Navalny’s team on Thursday. Spokeswoman Kira Yarmysh stated that the drivers were intimidated by unknown callers and were threatened not to transport Navalny’s body. According to Yarmysh, no hearse was willing to take the body to the funeral.

Navalny’s team also faced challenges in renting a venue for the funeral, which is scheduled to take place at 2:00 pm local time on Friday at the Church of the Icon of the Mother of God in Moscow, where Navalny resided. Following the funeral, Navalny will be buried at the Borisov cemetery.

Numerous locations claimed they were booked for the day or declined to host the funeral once Navalny’s name was mentioned. In a particularly concerning instance, one site explicitly stated that they were prohibited from working with Navalny’s team. This led to a delay in the funeral as cemetery workers were unavailable to dig a grave for Navalny.

Navalny’s death on February 16 in a Siberian penal colony, where he was serving a prison sentence, has sparked outrage globally. Navalny’s wife, Yulia Navalnaya, pointed the blame at President Putin for her husband’s death, accusing him of ordering Navalny’s torture during his imprisonment. Navalnaya expressed concerns about potential police crackdowns on mourners at the funeral.

The Kremlin has denied any responsibility for Navalny’s death. Navalny, a prominent opposition leader in Russia, had returned to the country in 2021 after being poisoned with a nerve agent in Germany and was promptly arrested on what he claimed were politically motivated charges. The international community views the upcoming presidential elections in Russia as a mere formality that will secure Putin another term in power.

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Navalny’s death has brought expressions of grief and anger both within Russia and globally, highlighting the dangers of political dissent in the country. The funeral proceedings and public tributes to Navalny have faced disruptions and interference from various sources, complicating the process of honoring the late opposition leader.

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