Alexei Navalny died of natural causes, according to Russian death certificate

Alexei Navalny

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# 22 February 2024 21:30 (UTC +04:00)

Alexei Navalny's mother, Lyudmila Navalnaya, accused Russian investigators on Thursday of planning to bury her son in secret without a funeral, and said she would not agree to it, APA reports citing CBC.

"They want this to be done secretly, with no farewell. They want to bring me to the edge of a cemetery, to a fresh grave and say: 'Here lies your son.' I don't agree to this," she said in a YouTube video.

There was no immediate response from Russian investigators.

His mother said she had been shown his body and death certificate. Navalny's aides said the death certificate stated that the opposition politician had died of natural causes.

Navalny's mother said she had been taken to a morgue on Wednesday evening to see his body.

"The investigators claim that they know the cause of death, they have all the medical and legal documents ready, which I saw, and I signed the medical death certificate," she said, dressed in black and speaking in a calm voice.

"According to the law, they should have given me Alexei's body right away, but they have not done so until now. Instead, they are blackmailing me, setting me conditions on where, when and how Alexei should be buried. This is illegal."

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