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Alexei Navalny’s mum FINALLY shown son’s body – but Russia says he died of natural causes & Putin wants ‘secret burial’

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ALEXEI Navalny’s mum has finally been allowed to see her son’s body – but Russia has insisted he died of “natural causes”.

Vladimir Putin’s staunchest critic is believed to have been murdered at the Polar Wolf penal colony where he was jailed on trumped-up charges.

Alexei Navalny was found dead at the Polar Wolf penal colony in Russia

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Alexei Navalny was found dead at the Polar Wolf penal colony in RussiaCredit: AP
Navalny's mother Lyudmila Navalnaya speaks during a video statement today

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Navalny’s mother Lyudmila Navalnaya speaks during a video statement todayCredit: AP
Lyudmila called on Putin to release her son's body in a video address on Tuesday

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Lyudmila called on Putin to release her son’s body in a video address on TuesdayCredit: AP

Navalny’s mum Lyudmila, 69, had originally been blocked from seeing her son’s remains – with reports he was left battered and bruised.

She accused Russian investigators of planning a “secret” funeral for her son and said she would not agree to it.

The grieving mum claimed Russian officials are trying to blackmail her, threatening to “do something” to the corpse.

“They want this to be done secretly, with no farewell. They want to bring me to the edge of a cemetery, to a fresh grave and say: here lies your son. I don’t agree to this,” she said in a YouTube video.

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Navalny’s team and family have accused the Kremlin of murdering him – an allegation the Kremlin has angrily rejected.

His mother said she had been shown his body and death certificate.

I am blackmailed by the investigators. They want to do it [bury him] secretly…

Lyudmila NavalnayaAlexei Navalny’s mum

According to Navalny’s team, the death certificate stated that the opposition politician died of natural causes.

But on Tuesday, it was claimed that Navalny, 47, had been killed with one punch to the heart after being forced to spend hours in freezing temperatures.

The brutal method was once a “hallmark of the KGB”, according to the founder of human rights group Gulagu.net.

Navalny died in prison on Friday while serving a 19-year sentence on extremism charges at the IK-3 Arctic prison colony.

Navalny’s mother demands to see the body in grim Polar Wolf prison in the Arctic

Russia claimed the lawyer died of “sudden death syndrome”.

And now, Navalny’s team said his death certificate stated the Putin critic died of natural causes.

Earlier, it was alleged that his body had been found covered in bruises, as his spokeswoman Kira Yarmysh asserted he was “murdered”.

Russian-born human rights activist Vladimir Osechkin told The Times that the bruising found on Navalny’s body was consistent with the “one-punch” technique previously taught to KGB special forces operatives.

Osechkin further claimed that the Russian lawyer was forced to spend more than two and a half hours outdoors in an open-air solitary confinement space where temperatures were as low as -27C.

Prisoners were normally kept outside for no more than an hour – much less in such extreme conditions.

The Russian dissident’s information was said to have come from a source working in corrective colony FKU IK-3 – also known as the Polar Wolf jail – where Navalny died.

He said: “I think that they first destroyed his body by keeping him out in the cold for a long time and slowing the blood circulation down to a minimum.

“And then it becomes very easy to kill someone, within seconds, if the operative has some experience in this.

“It is an old method of the KGB’s special forces divisions. They trained their operatives to kill a man with one punch in the heart, in the centre of the body. It was a hallmark of the KGB.”

Former prisoners who have served sentences in the Arctic region previously reported that inmates were killed by their jailers in the same way, Osechkin added.

Russia’s Federal Penitentiary Service initially said that the Putin critic had “felt unwell” after taking a walk in the prison, “almost immediately losing consciousness”, and that medical staff were unable to save him.

A state-controlled channel on Telegram claimed the same day that he had died of a blood clot.

The death of Alexei Navalny

VLADIMIR Putin’s most vocal domestic foe died on Friday in the Arctic prison where he was serving a 19-year prison term.

Alexei Navalny’s death was announced by the Federal Penitentiary Service of the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous District at 2.19 pm Moscow time on Friday, February 16.

Russia’s penitentiary service claimed Navalny “felt unwell after a walk, almost immediately losing consciousness”.

The penitentiary service stated: “The medical staff of the institution arrived immediately, and an ambulance team was called.

“All necessary resuscitation measures were carried out, which did not give positive results. Doctors of the ambulance stated the death of the convict. The causes of death are being established.”

Navalny’s mother Lyudmila, 69, was given notice of her son’s death which listed the time he died as 2.17pm local time on Friday, February 16.

Ivan Zhdanov, who directs Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation, said that Navalny’s lawyer and mother were on Saturday told that he died of “sudden death syndrome”.

But an unidentified source told state-controlled RT that Navalny died from a blood clot.

Russian investigators are yet to determine the cause of Navalny’s death.

It is unclear where his body currently is, although some sources have said it was taken to a hospital morgue and showed signs of bruising.

On Saturday, Navalny’s mother and his lawyer were informed he died of “sudden death syndrome”.

Navalny’s heartbroken widow Yulia Navalnaya suggested on Monday that he was killed using novichok, the nerve agent which FSB assassins used in their attempt to kill him in August 2020.

Speaking on the possibility of the poison being Navalny’s cause of death, Osechkin said: “It’s possible of course, but when someone is under the control of the prison system there are many options as to how to kill them.

“Novichok would leave a trace in his body and would lead directly back to Putin, given he has tried it once before.”

Based on information provided to him by his sources, he said he believed that Navalny’s death was “a special operation that had been prepared several days in advance”.

Osechkin claimed: “It was a command from Moscow because without Moscow it would not have been possible to dismantle the cameras in the way that they did.”

Navalny’s mother Lyudmila made an emotional address to Putin on Tuesday from outside the jail where her son died, calling on the president to release his body to allow for a humane burial.

She said: “Behind me is the penal colony IK-3 Polar Wolf, where my son Alexei Navalny died on February 16.

“For the fifth day I cannot see him. They don’t give me his body and they don’t even tell me where he is.

“I appeal to you, Vladimir Putin, the solution to the issue depends only on you. Let me finally see my son.

“I demand that Alexei’s body be immediately handed over so that I can bury him humanely.”

Navalny and his wife Yulia attend a meeting where he was nominated for the presidential election race in Moscow, Russia in December 2017

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Navalny and his wife Yulia attend a meeting where he was nominated for the presidential election race in Moscow, Russia in December 2017Credit: AP
Navalny attends a rally in support of political prisoners in Prospekt Sakharova St

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Navalny attends a rally in support of political prisoners in Prospekt Sakharova StCredit: Getty
Navalny, his wife, and their two children in hospital after Navalny was poisoned in 2020

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Navalny, his wife, and their two children in hospital after Navalny was poisoned in 2020Credit: Getty
Jailed Navalny appears in court via video link for a hearing concerning the extremism charges against him in April last year

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Jailed Navalny appears in court via video link for a hearing concerning the extremism charges against him in April last yearCredit: AFP
Navalny's wife Yulia and daughter Daria appear in a photo released today

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Navalny’s wife Yulia and daughter Daria appear in a photo released todayCredit: AP
A flower and a picture are left as a tribute to Navalny following his death

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A flower and a picture are left as a tribute to Navalny following his deathCredit: AP

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