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Alexei Navalny buried in Moscow amid thousands of defiant mourners

AFP | Moscow                                                

The Daily Tribune – www.newsofbahrain.com

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was laid to rest in Moscow yesterday, surrounded by crowds of defiant mourners who chanted his name and blamed authorities for his death in prison.

Outside the cemetery where he was buried, some supporters shouted in grief, while others yelled out slogans.

Despite a heavy police presence and official warnings, thousands of mourners paid their respects to the 47-yearold anti-corruption campaigner whose death in an Arctic prison was announced on February 16.

Navalny’s death has been widely condemned by Western leaders and his allies have accused President Vladimir Putin of responsibility and of trying to prevent a dignified public burial.

The Kremlin, which has dismissed the accusations as “hysterical”, warned against “unauthorised” protests around the funeral.

Navalny’s body first lay in an open casket in a packed church in Maryino, southern Moscow, for a ceremony attended by his parents. T

he coffin was closed immediately after the service, meaning many mourners who had wanted to file past were not able to pay their last respects at the Mother of God Quench My Sorrows church.

It was then transported to the Borisovo cemetery, near the banks of the Moskva River, where several large wreaths were arranged around the grave.

“We won’t forget you!”, “Forgive us!” some mourners shouted as the coffin arrived.

“No to war!” some chanted. Others yelled out: “Down with the power of murderers!” and “We will not forgive!” Police detained some six people in the capital and dozens elsewhere in Russia, according to the OVD-Info rights group.

“Any unauthorised gatherings will be in violation of the law and those who participate in them will be held responsible,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, according to TASS news agency