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'Join my rage': Navalny's widow goes into politics

Yulia Navalnaya, the widow of Alexei Navalny, released a video message. She announced that she would continue the work of her deceased husband. According to her, she knows “why exactly Putin killed Alexei,” reports with the BBC.

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Experts have previously said that a politician’s widow can become an independent political figure.

Navalnaya began her address by changing Alexei’s famous greeting to suit her. “Hello, this is Yulia Navalnaya,” she said, noting that in her place now “there should be another person, but this person was killed by Vladimir Putin.”

“I have no right to give up”

In the video, she says Navalny was taken away not only from her and her children, but also from Russians who were hoping for change.

“We know why exactly Putin killed Alexei three days ago. We will definitely tell you about this. We will definitely find out who exactly and how exactly committed this crime. We will name names and show faces,” Navalnaya promised.

“By killing Alexei, Putin killed half of me, half of my heart and my soul. But I still have the other half, and it tells me that I have no right to give up. I will continue the work of Alexei Navalny. Continue to fight for our country,” she said.

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Yulia called on Russians to stand next to her and “share not only the grief and endless pain that has enveloped us and will not let go.”

“I ask you to share my rage. Rage, anger, hatred for those who dared to kill our future,” the widow said in the video. — I address you with the words of Alexey, in which I really believe: “It’s not a shame to do little, it’s a shame to do nothing.” It's a shame to let yourself be intimidated. Russia - a free, peaceful, happy, beautiful Russia of the future, which my husband dreamed of so much - that’s what we need.”

“I want to live in a Russia like this. I want Alexey and I’s children to live in it. I want to build it with you. Exactly the way Alexei Navalny imagined her. Only in this way and in no other way can the unimaginable sacrifice he made not be in vain. Fight and don't give up. I’m not afraid, and you shouldn’t be afraid of anything,” said the oppositionist’s widow.

The video was published on Navalny’s YouTube channel and on his widow’s new account on the social network X.

This is Yulia Navalnaya's second speech since reports of her husband's death emerged. On February 16, she made a short statement at the Munich Security Conference. In it, she called on the international community to unite to defeat this “horrific regime.”

Then she did not talk about her readiness to continue the work of the opposition politician. Previously, several experts suggested that Yulia Navalnaya could take the place of Vladimir Putin’s main opponent.

The death of the leader of the Russian opposition in the colony where he was serving a 19-year sentence became known on February 16 from a message from the Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN).

A day later, his mother Lyudmila Navalnaya arrived in the polar village of Kharp, where the colony is located. There she was officially informed of her son’s death, said Navalny’s press secretary Kira Yarmysh.

In the three days that have passed since the death of the oppositionist, his family has not received his body. The politician's mother and lawyers are not allowed into the morgue in Salekhard, where the politician's body is supposedly located. They were only told that the investigation into Navalny’s death had been extended.

The politician’s associates believe that Navalny’s body was deliberately hidden from his relatives.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has not commented on Navalny's death. His press secretary Dmitry Peskov, answering a question on February 19 about Putin’s reaction to what happened, said: “I have nothing to add to what has been said on this topic.” When asked by journalists whether Putin had said anything about this earlier, he replied: “No, he didn’t.”

EU leaders promised the politician’s widow that “Putin and his regime will be responsible for Navalny’s death”

After she announced her decision to continue her husband’s work on February 19, Yulia Navalnaya spoke before the EU Foreign Affairs Council and met with EU leaders.

In Brussels, the widow of Alexei Navalny met with the head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell. After the meeting, Borrell said that on behalf of the European Union he expressed his deepest condolences to Yulia Navalnaya.

“Vladimir Putin and his regime will be responsible for the death of Alexei Navalny. As Yulia said, Putin is not Russia. Russia is not Putin. We will continue to support Russian civil society and independent media,” Borrell said.

In addition, Yulia Navalnaya met with the President of the European Council, Charles Michel. The meeting was attended by Alexei Navalny's associates - Maria Pevchikh and Leonid Volkov.

What is known about Yulia Navalnaya

Yulia Navalnaya herself, in an interview with Afisha magazine in 2014, joked that she did not have a “rich pre-Navalnov biography.”

The couple met when they were both 22 years old, on vacation in Turkey, reports with the BBC.

“I remember she amazed me at the first meetings: blonde, beautiful, and even knows the names of all the ministers,” Navalny said in an interview about his acquaintance with his wife.

By that time, Yulia graduated from the Faculty of International Economic Relations at the Plekhanov Institute and interned for one semester in Denmark at a business school. Then she worked in one of the Moscow banks, then in a foreign trade company.

“There was a fairly difficult work schedule. And one day on December 31, I sat in the office until nine in the evening, after which Alexey, with whom we had already started dating, said that somehow this was probably not too great,” she recalled in 2014.

People close to the Navalny family said that Yulia never had her own professional ambitions.

For some time, she sold wicker products from the factory of Navalny’s parents, but after the birth of her youngest child, Zakhara, in 2008, she no longer tried to return to work, including openly linking this with her husband’s investigations.

“When Aleksey’s anti-corruption activities became better known, it became quite obvious that I simply would not be able to work. No matter what organization I join, it will be difficult both for the organization and for me,” she explained in an interview.

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“I always wanted to be the wife of a politician, and not the politician himself,” she said in an interview in 2014 and then repeated this almost verbatim at the beginning of 2021 to Harper’s Bazaar - after several years of prosecution and Navalny’s poisoning with Novichok poison.

At the same time, she said that she sees “her main task” in ensuring that “no matter what, nothing changes in our family: children are children, and the house is a home.”

However, in 2021, Navalnaya still made a reservation: “What I do in my place is, to some extent, also politics.” In her case, the statement became the very fact that she was always next to her oppositionist husband. As Western media have noted, this is not at all typical for Russian politics, where wives are most often non-public figures. Since 2013, after Vladimir Putin’s divorce, Russia has no first lady at all.

Navalnaya herself associated the absence of wives in public space not only with the patriarchy of Russian society, but also with corruption.

“There is no public politics in Russia; the wives of officials do not stand hand in hand with them at rallies, but are used to legalize huge shadow incomes,” she said in an interview.

She herself was next to Navalny at dozens of court hearings, accompanied him on trips around the country during the 2018 presidential campaign, took the stage during rallies and walked hand in hand at protests.

In January 2021, they flew to Russia together after Navalny's treatment in Germany. Navalny was arrested immediately upon arrival. After this, the couple saw each other only in the courtroom.

Yulia Navalnaya soon left Russia and led a campaign for her husband's release. But she did not participate in the affairs of the Russian opposition in exile and traditionally spoke almost nothing about politics. After the death of Alexei Navalny, the question arose: who will now be the leader of the opposition and will anyone be able to continue the work of this politician? Many experts and the media suggested that his wife, who had previously distanced herself from politics, could become such a person.

As ForumDaily wrote earlier:

  • On the morning of August 20, 2020, during a flight from Tomsk to Moscow, the founder of the Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK), Alexei Navalny, became ill on the plane. The liner made an emergency landing in Omsk, where Navalny was hospitalized in emergency hospital No. 1, in the toxic intensive care unit. There the politician fell into a coma.
  • Ex-FSB officer and opposition politician Gennady Gudkov toldwhy Navalny's associates and other politicians call the version of the involvement of the special services a priority, as well as how and with what the oppositionist could have been poisoned.
  • August 21, 2020 Alexei Navalny's wife Yulia signed permission to transport her husband for treatment in Germany. On the morning of August 22, Navalny taken by plane to Berlin... He was still in a coma.
  • The clinic where Navalny was taken confirmed the assumptions about his poisoning. Clinical studies spoke of a substance from the group of cholinesterase inhibitors.
  • Transportation of an opposition politician to Germany on a special medical plane paid for by Russian businessman Boris Ziminwho now lives in the United States.
  • In the United States Department of Commerce сообщилиthat Washington has good reason to believe that the research institutes (SRIs) of the Russian Defense Ministry are involved in the development of chemical and biological weapons.
  • September 4, 2020 German laboratory found traces of Novichok in Navalny's skin, blood and urine samples.
  • On September 7, 2020, the Charite clinic, where Alexei Navalny was staying, released a new message: politics brought out of an artificial coma and began to gradually disconnect from the ventilator.
  • On September 10, 2020, it became known that Navalny completely recovered, memory and speech returned to him.
  • On September 15, 2020, the politician for the first time since the poisoning posted a photo on Instagram. The New York Times wrote that he intends to return to Russia.
  • On September 23, 2020, the clinic announced that Navalny was discharged... In total, he spent 32 days in a German hospital.
  • In November, the US Congress condemned the poisoning of Navalny and called on the United States and the international community to impose sanctions against those involved.
  • Mid-December results joint investigation Bellingcat, The Insider and CNN, with the participation of Der Spiegel, revealed that the attempt on the life of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny in Tomsk was the work of a group of FSB operatives.
  • January 18, 2021 cops took Navalny from passport control at Sheremetyevo airport just after his return from Germany, where he received treatment after poisoning last summer. After that, he was arrested for 30 days.
  • On February 2, the Simonovsky Court of Moscow satisfied the Federal Penitentiary Service's demand and replaced opposition leader Alexei Navalny's suspended sentence in the Yves Rocher case with a real sentence sent to jail... The court found that Navalny had systematically violated the rules of probation.
  • On April 3, 2021, Navalny went on a hunger strike because a doctor was not allowed to see him. About how effective such hunger strikes are, read in our material.
  • April 19, 2021 Navalny transferred from the colony to the hospital for convicts... On Sunday, April 18, many countries joined an international protest against the conditions of detention and treatment of Navalny, who was in the Pokrovskaya colony, 100 kilometers east of Moscow. In addition, 77 Western writers, directors, actors and journalists, including Svetlana Aleksievich, Jude Law, Stephen Fry, Rafe Fiennes, Vanessa Redgrave, Tom Stoppard and Peter Singer, wrote an open letter to Vladimir Putin.
  • The European Parliament awarded the Russian oppositionist Alexei Navalny Andrei Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought is the main human rights award of the European Union.
  • Read Navalny's interview with Time link.
  • On March 22, 2022, the Lefortovo Court of Moscow sentenced Alexei Navalny to nine years in prison withstrict regime in the case of fraud and contempt of court.
  • And August 5, 2023 The Moscow City Court sentenced Navalny to 19 years of special regime in the case of creating an extremist community and several other charges.
  • Navalnymeasures on February 16, 2024 in correctional colony No. 3 in Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug, Russia. Found on his body bruises and injuries: The official cause of death has not yet been announced.

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