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Funeral of Navalny in Russia: Police detained 128 people in 19 cities

Funeral of Navalny in Russia: Police detained 128 people in 19 cities Photo: Alexei Navalny, Russian opposition leader (Getty Images)

In Russia, on the day of the funeral of opposition figure Alexei Navalny, held on March 1, almost 130 people were detained by law enforcement officers at public events in various cities, according to data from the human rights group OVD-Info.

It is noted that the detentions took place on the day of farewell to the late Navalny on Friday in 19 cities of the aggressor country. The funeral took place in Moscow at the Borisov Cemetery.

According to human rights activists, as of 10:15 p.m. local time, at least 128 detentions were known.

The highest number of detentions was recorded in Novosibirsk (31 people). In Yekaterinburg, there were 19 people detained, in the town of Ramon in the Voronezh region - 18, and in Moscow - 17 detainees.

Death of Alexei Navalny

It was previously reported that on February 16, Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny lost consciousness during a walk in the Arctic penal colony Polar Bear, where he was serving a three-year sentence. Later, the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia in the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous district announced the politician's death.

Official information about the causes of Navalny's death has not been disclosed. Two possibilities are being considered. Russian media have suggested that a thrombus detachment is a likely cause of death.

Meanwhile, Navalny's opposition team has not seen his body. They claim there is no trace of him in the morgue, despite assurances from the colony.

It's worth noting that on February 19, during the laying of flowers in memory of Navalny in 32 Russian cities, over 400 people were detained. The highest number of arrests occurred in St. Petersburg and Moscow.

For more details on the politician's death, you can refer to the RBC-Ukraine exclusive article "Murder Putin allowed himself to perpetrate": How Navalny's death will impact Russia.