Alexei Navalny: "He was poisoned with Novichok, Putin killed him," his wife alleged

Russia is hiding his body, I will continue the work of Alexei, I am not afraid, do not be afraid either, he said

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The allegation that Alexei Navalny, Vladimir Putin's arch-rival in Russia, was poisoned with the Novichok chemical was further fueled on Monday afternoon with a video posted on social media by his wife saying "Vladimir Putin killed my husband". . "Somewhere in a prison in the Arctic Circle, Putin didn't just kill Alexei Navalny as a person, he wanted to kill our hope, our freedom, our future," she added in her statement, which began with the phrase "hello, I'm Yulia Navalnaya. Someone else should have been in my place but he was murdered by Vladimir Putin."

She accused Russia of hiding her husband's body because, as she argued, what Moscow expects is for the traces of novichok to disappear from his body.

In the video, Navalny's widow also vows to make public the names of those involved in her husband's death and the reason why he breathed his last in the "wolf's prison".

"I want to live in a free Russia, I want to create a free Russia, I will continue the work of Alexei Navalny" added Yulia Navalnaya.

"I'm not afraid, don't you either. I invite you to stand by my side, not to share only the sadness and pain that has embraced us and does not say to let us go. I invite you to share the rage and hatred for those who dared to kill our future. I speak to you with the words of Alexei, which I truly believe. There is no shame in doing little or nothing, in allowing them to scare you. What we need is a free, peaceful and happy Russia. The wonderful Russia of the future that my husband dreamed of. This is what we need," Navalny's wife said.

As he pointed out "this is the only way - no one else - so that his unimaginable sacrifice will not go to waste"

The statements by Navalny's widow followed the announcement by Alexei Navalny's representative that his mother and her lawyer were prevented from viewing the body of the 48-year-old Russian politician on Monday morning at the morgue to which it had reportedly been taken.