NewsDaughter of Alexei Navalny speaks out following his death amid continued fight for democracy

Daughter of Alexei Navalny speaks out following his death amid continued fight for democracy

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - 2024/02/21: A man walks past the memorial site for the late Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny in Pushkin Plaza in Seoul. Alexei Navalny (4 June 1976  16 February 2024) was a Russian opposition leader, lawyer, anti-corruption activist, and political prisoner. He organized anti-government protests and run for public office to oppose corruption in Russia and advocate for reforms against President Vladimir Putin and his government. (Photo by Kim Jae-Hwan/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - 2024/02/21: A man walks past the memorial site for the late Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny in Pushkin Plaza in Seoul. Alexei Navalny (4 June 1976 16 February 2024) was a Russian opposition leader, lawyer, anti-corruption activist, and political prisoner. He organized anti-government protests and run for public office to oppose corruption in Russia and advocate for reforms against President Vladimir Putin and his government. (Photo by Kim Jae-Hwan/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
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6:22 AM EST, February 23, 2024

Last Thursday, both Dasha and Navalny's wife Yulia met with U.S. President Joe Biden in Washington. In a statement released by the White House, Biden expressed his admiration for "the extraordinary courage of Alexei Navalny and his fight against corruption and for a free and democratic Russia".

Biden publicized images from this meeting on his personal profile on platform X, commenting: "Alexei's legacy of courage will continue to live on in Yulia and Dasha and the countless people across Russia fighting for democracy and human rights".

Navalny's Death

The announcement of Alexei Navalny's death was made on Friday, February 16, with the Russian authorities being the first to issue a statement. The news was quickly picked up by both Russian and international media. A report stated that the opposition leader had been imprisoned in a penal colony beyond the Arctic Circle, and that he had fainted during a walk. Despite attempts at resuscitation, his life could not be saved.

The opposition leader's spokesperson confirmed these reports on Saturday. "Alexei Navalny was murdered. His death occurred on February 16 at 14:17 local time, according to the official message delivered to Alexei's mother", Kira Yarmysh announced through service X around noon on Saturday.

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