LifestyleJulia Navalnaya vows to continue Alexei Navalny's work after his death amid global attention

Julia Navalnaya vows to continue Alexei Navalny's work after his death amid global attention

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - 2024/02/21: A man looks at 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 looks at 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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5:05 AM EST, February 23, 2024

Alexei Navalny, renowned for his vocal criticism of Vladimir Putin and his associates, passed away on February 16 in a penal colony with strict discipline. Russian media reported the cause of his death, but many experts have questioned the legitimacy of these claims.

Currently, concern is growing for the family of the late activist, particularly his wife, Julia. She announced a few days ago her intent to continue her husband's work. "I will persist in fighting for our country and urge you to stand by me," she declared in a social media post.

Julia Navalnaya’s Heartfelt Message to Her Daughter

There is an amplified interest in Navalny's daughter, Dasha, who regularly accompanied her parents to official events. Aged 23, the student openly opposed Putin and stood unwaveringly by her father.

In her most recent update, the opposition leader's widow addressed her daughter:

"My sweet, little girl. I came to hold you and give you strength, yet it’s you providing solace," Julia Navalnaya wrote.

"So strong, brave, and resilient. We will surely navigate through these trying times, my dear. Your presence by my side is reassuring. I love you," she further elaborated, alongside their shared image.

Outpouring of Support from Commenters

The heartfelt post and picture stirred emotions among many followers, who sought to provide comfort to the mourning women in comments. Messages of encouragement such as, "We are with you," and "We’re holding both of you close," were seen. Heartfelt comments like, "Julia, our concern for you is immense. We're sending hugs and sharing your sorrow. My heart is with you," were also widely expressed on Instagram.

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