Putin says Navalny’s name for the first time minutes after declaring victory in a fake election

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By journalsofus.com


Vladimir Putin the late opponent said Alexei Navalnyname for the first time in public a few minutes later declaring victory in the rigged Russian presidential elections.

Speaking at his campaign headquarters hours later Exit polls predicted he would win more than 87 percent of the vote. In the election farce, Putin described Navalny’s death as a “sad event,” before claiming he had given the go-ahead for the opposition figure to take part in a prisoner swap.

Mr. Navalny died last month in it arctic circle prison colony where he was detained for long and false accusations of extremism.

Russian authorities maintain that he died of natural causes; Navalny’s allies say he was murdered.

His death came weeks after he urged Russians to vote for anyone but Putin in the presidential election.

“As for Mr. Navalny,” Putin said, “Yes, he passed away. “This is always a sad event.”

In a routine Putin case, he added: “But we have had other cases where people died in prison. Does that never happen in the United States?

Yulia Navalnaya, the widow of Alexei Navalny, the Russian opposition leader who died in a prison camp, queues outside the Russian embassy on the final day of Russia’s presidential election in Berlin.

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He then said his officials had rejected an offer to free Navalny in a prisoner swap a few days before his death.

Navalny’s team, after his death, stated that Putin had been given their proposal to change the opposition figure for Vadim Krasikov, a hitman from the Russian secret service (FSB) who is serving a life sentence in a German prison for murder. an opponent of the Putin regime.

The Kremlin denied this had happened when asked about it last month.

But in his speech Sunday night, Putin said he “immediately accepted” the prisoner swap when it was presented to him.

“I immediately said, I agree,” he said. “Unfortunately what happened happened. The condition was that she never return. Happens. What can you do? This is life.”

Putin’s comments caused a furor among Navalny’s team.

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny addresses his supporters during an unauthorized demonstration against Putin on May 5, 2018 in Moscow.

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Kira Yarmysh, Navalny’s spokesperson, posted a segment of Putin’s speech along with the caption: “Putin killed Alexei Navalny.”

Maria Pevchikh, head of investigations at Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation, wrote on X: “I still have no words. What a cynical, lying scumbag. Unimaginable.”

Critics of Putin’s regime have suggested that it is telling that the autocrat chose his victory speech to finally say Navalny’s name.

After the death of the opposition leader, but before the presidential election, Kremlin-controlled state media barely reported on his death.

While the outcome of the election was never in doubt, the Kremlin had done everything it could to quash any chance of the three days of voting being disrupted. Navalny, more than any other opposition figure, was in the best position to incite such unrest, even from the confines of solitary confinement.

“Putin was scared and felt insecure,” says Oleg Kozlovsky, a Russia Amnesty International researcher and co-founder of Oborona, a democratic youth movement in Russia. “It is telling that the spell that had prevented him from uttering Alexei Navalny’s name has only now been broken.”

He called for an international investigation into Navalny’s death. “We don’t see Russia showing any intention to do so,” she said.

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