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Alexei Navalny's latest death: Putin promotes prison official accused of torturing opposition leader

Alexei Navalny's latest death: Putin promotes prison official accused of torturing opposition leader

Navalny's widow claims he was poisoned with the nerve agent Novichok

Vladimir Putin has promoted a prison official accused of torturing Alexei Navalny during his final stint in prison, it has been revealed.

First Deputy Head of the Federal Penitentiary Service Valery Boyarinev was awarded the military rank of Colonel-General of the Internal Service on Monday, just three days after Navalny's death in a penal colony in the Arctic Circle.

In June 2023, it was revealed at a court hearing that Boyarinev had ordered the IK-6 penal colony where Navalny was detained to limit the amount with which the opposition figure could buy food while in detention.

Ivan Zhdanov, director of Navalny's anti-corruption foundation, posted a photo detailing the matter this morning. “Personal reward for torture and murder from Putin,” he wrote on X.

It comes as Alexei Navalny's mother was told she must wait 14 days to receive her son's body while authorities conduct a “chemical examination,” Navalny's spokesman and his allies said.

The move will raise suspicions that a prominent opponent of Vladimir Putin was poisoned, as his wife, Yulia Navalnaya, claimed happened on Monday.

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Jailed Russian opposition figure says he learned of Navalny's death yesterday

A jailed Russian opposition politician has expressed anger at the death of Alexei Navalny, after learning only yesterday.

Ilya Yashin was sentenced to eight-and-a-half years in prison in December 2022 for spreading false information aimed at discrediting the Russian military, under a law passed after Russia launched its invasion.

His arrest followed statements he made on his YouTube channel about war crimes allegedly committed by Russian forces in the Bucha suburb of Kiev.

“News comes slowly to the camp barracks, and I only learned of Alexei Navalny’s death yesterday,” Mr. Yashin wrote on X. It is difficult to convey my shock. It's hard to collect your thoughts. The pain and terror are unbearable.

“When I stood over Boris’ body in February 2015, I swore to myself not to be afraid, not to give up and not to run. Nine years later, as I mourn Alexei, I can only repeat that vow.

Russian opposition activist and former deputy mayor of the Krasnoselsky region Ilya Yashin smiles as he stands in the defendant's box in a courtroom, before a hearing in Moscow, Russia, on December 9, 2022.

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Tom WatlingFebruary 20, 2024 at 09:00

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Putin awards military rank to executioner Navalny days after his death

Vladimir Putin honored the prison minister responsible for depriving Alexei Navalny of food during his last imprisonment with the military rank of colonel-general.

First Deputy Head of the Federal Penitentiary Service, Valery Boyarinev, received this rank on Monday, just three days after Navalny's killing.

Ivan Zhdanov, director of Navalny's Anti-Corruption Foundation, reposted a photo of the order Boyarinev issued in March 2023 to IK-6 in the Vladimir region to limit the amount the Russian opposition figure can buy food while in detention.

Vladimir Ussishkin, who founded the No Gulag project, claimed that Boyarinev supervised the torture of Ukrainian prisoners and Navalny in the Russian prison system.

First Deputy Chief of the Federal Penitentiary Service Valery Boyarinev was given the rank of colonel-general on Monday, just three days after Navalny's killing.

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Tom Watling20 February 2024 at 08:47

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Alexei Navalny – the man who knew a lot

Over the course of a decade and more, he and his team used a mixture of persistence and cynicism to investigate mafia-style financial ties between those at the top of Russia's politics, security and business. John Campner.

Alexei Navalny – the man who knew a lot

Over the course of a decade and more, he and his team have used a mixture of persistence and cynicism to investigate mafia-style financial ties between those at the top of Russia's politics, security and business, writes John Kampfner. Shut out of the state-controlled mainstream media, Navalny used every digital platform and social media channel available to shine a light on Putin's corrupt regime, surviving multiple poisonings and imprisonment until he was finally — and inevitably — silenced by his greatest enemy.

Namita SinghFebruary 20, 2024 at 08:30

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“There will be consequences,” Cameron says.

Foreign Secretary Lord Cameron said he expected the UK and G7 allies to impose new sanctions on the Russians involved in the death of Alexei Navalny.

Speaking to reporters during his visit to the Falkland Islands, Lord Cameron said: “I think the first thing is to remember what a great man Alexei Navalny was, and the appalling regime that Putin is running in Russia.

“And yes, there will be consequences. What we do in these situations is we look at how someone's human rights have been harmed and the people who caused that, and we are able to pursue those people with certain measures.”

He added: “Now, we never announce sanctions in advance, I cannot do that.

“But what I can tell you is that at the G7 foreign ministers meeting in Munich, I confirmed that the UK would do that and urged other countries to do the same. I believe very strongly that both of these things will happen.

Namita SinghFebruary 20, 2024 at 08:15

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Video: The Foreign Minister confirms that Navalny’s death was a “murder”

Foreign Minister confirms that Navalny's death was a “murder”

Alicia Cairns urged MPs to label Alexei Navalny's death a murder, while in the House of Commons on Monday, February 19. “Alexei Navalny has been murdered and it is important that we salute him in this Council for who he is, because that is what he deserves.” The Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee said. “After his murder, I was also in Munich, where I heard his wife Yulia (Navalnaya) asking us to stand by her. This is what we must do now.” Leo Docherty, the UK’s Europe minister, agreed: “She is right to use the word murder. “We seek to hold the state and the Russian leadership accountable.”

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Namita SinghFebruary 20, 2024 at 08:00

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In pictures: Hundreds mourn Alexei Navalny with vigils, flowers and protests

Torchlight procession in memory of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny in Rome

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People pay their respects as they attend the torchlight procession in memory of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

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People attend a vigil following the death of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny in Paris

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People attend a protest and vigil following the death of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny in Kabara

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A demonstrator carrying a picture of the late Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny attends a march to commemorate his death, outside the Russian embassy in Athens, Greece, February 19, 2024.

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Namita SinghFebruary 20, 2024 at 07:45

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France summons the Russian ambassador to Paris after Navalny's death, Le Monde reports

Le Monde newspaper reported, citing statements made by French Foreign Minister Stephane Segorn during a visit to Argentina, that France will summon the Russian ambassador to Paris after the death of imprisoned Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

“I have requested that the Russian ambassador be summoned today at 1830,” Segorn said, according to Le Monde newspaper.

On Monday, Germany also summoned Russia's ambassador to Berlin over Navalny's death.

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Namita SinghFebruary 20, 2024 at 07:30

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“Hide the traces of their crime”

Ivan Zhdanov, an ally of Alexei Navalny, denounced the Russian authorities as “henchmen and liars” and attacked them over the delay in handing over the body of the Putin critic.

“It is clear that what they are doing now is covering up the traces of their crime,” he wrote on Monday.

Since Navalny's death, police in Russia have detained nearly 400 people as they flocked to memorials and memorials to victims of political repression with flowers and candles to honor Navalny, according to OVD-Info, a group that monitors political events. Arrests.

The US and British ambassadors also mourned Navalny's death at a memorial service in Moscow.

Namita SinghFebruary 20, 2024 at 07:20

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Foreign Minister confirms that Navalny's death was a “murder”

Foreign Minister confirms that Navalny's death was a “murder”

Andy GregoryFebruary 20, 2024 07:01

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The European Union's foreign policy chief calls for an independent investigation into Navalny's death

European Union foreign policy coordinator Josep Borrell said that the bloc is considering imposing sanctions on Russia and also called for an independent international investigation into the causes of Alexei Navalny's death.

He said responsibility for Navalny's death lies with “(Russian President Vladimir) Putin himself, but we can go down to the institutional structure of Russia's prison system” to impose asset freezes and travel bans.

Namita SinghFebruary 20, 2024 at 06:59