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Russia calls out US and NATO countries for snap judgment in Alexei Navalny's death

NATO countries are telling on themselves with their rush to judgment after Alexei Navalny's death, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said

Flowers and a portrait of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny are seen following Navalny's death, as people gather near the Russian embassy in Paris, France, February 16, 2024. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes (REUTERS)Premium
Flowers and a portrait of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny are seen following Navalny's death, as people gather near the Russian embassy in Paris, France, February 16, 2024. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes (REUTERS)

Russia's foreign ministry accused the United States of making "sweeping accusations" over who was to blame for the death of prominent Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny on Friday.

"The death of a person is always a tragedy," it said. "Instead of sweeping accusations, one ought to show restraint and wait for the official results of the forensic medical examination."

NATO countries are telling on themselves with their rush to judgment after Alexey Navalny’s death, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said.

"The leaders of NATO countries have exposed themselves with their knee-jerk reaction to Navalny’s death, making direct accusations against Russia. No forensic examination has been conducted yet but the West has already drawn conclusions," she wrote on Telegram.

 In  June 2021 US President Joe Biden in a question  to What it will mean for the U.S.-Russia relationship if Aleksey Navalny were to die or be killed in prison. replied," Navalny’s death would be another indication that Russia has little or no intention of abiding by basic fundamental human rights. It would be a tragedy. It would do nothing but hurt his relationships with the rest of the world, in my view, and with me."

According to the Russian Federal Penitentiary Service in the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Region, Alexey Navalny, who was serving his prison term at Penal Colony No. 3, felt ill after a walk on February 16, and collapsed. Although medical workers and the ambulance team that arrived at the scene did everything possible to resuscitate him, their efforts were in vain. Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Navalny’s death had been reported to President Vladimir Putin.

Navalny, twice sentenced to probation earlier, was put on a wanted list for repeatedly violating his probation over his suspended sentence in the Yves Rocher case. On February 2, 2021, a Moscow court sentenced him to real prison time instead in lieu of his suspended sentence. He was also found guilty of contempt of court and election campaign fundraising fraud in March 2022 and of creating an extremist community in August 2023.

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Published: 16 Feb 2024, 09:37 PM IST
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