Russian court issues arrest warrant for widow of opposition leader Alexei Navalny

Russian court issues arrest warrant for widow of opposition leader Alexei Navalny

A Russian court on Tuesday ordered the detention in absentia of the widow of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalnyas part of a broad Kremlin campaign against the opposition.

Moscow’s Basmanny District Court has decided to detain Yulia Navalnaya, who lives abroad, on charges of alleged involvement in an extremist group.

Navalny, the Russian president’s staunchest political enemy, Vladimir Putindied in February in an Arctic prison while serving a 19-year sentence on charges of extremism that Navalny considered politically motivated.

Authorities said he fell ill after a walk, but gave no further details. Navalny was jailed after returning home. Moscow in January 2021 from Germany, where he was recovering from a nerve agent poisoning in 2020, which he blamed on the Kremlin.

Navalnaya has blamed Putin for her husband’s death and has vowed to continue her activities. Russian authorities deny involvement in the poisoning and death of the opposition leader.

Her spokeswoman, Kira Yarmysh, in a post on social media site X, described the court’s ruling as a recognition of Navalnaya’s “merits.”

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