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Alexei Navalny’s widow vows to continue his work in fight for ‘free Russia’

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Alexei Navalny’s widow vows to continue his work to fight for a “free Russia” as she meets European ministers in Brussels.

Yulia Navalnaya releases a video calling on supporters to stand with her, and blaming President Vladimir Putin for her husband’s death. She also says she knows “exactly why” Putin killed Alexei three days ago, and will release the information soon. Earlier, representatives said Navalny’s mother and lawyers had been blocked from entering a mortuary where they had been told his body could be. Prison authorities say he suffered “sudden death syndrome” at a remote Arctic prison on Friday, but his allies believe he was murdered on the orders of President Vladimir Putin.

The Kremlin calls these accusations “frankly obnoxious” and says there are “no results” yet in the investigation into the death.Navalny, 47, one of Russia’s most significant opposition figures, had been in jail on charges widely viewed as politically motivated.

Protests and vigils have been held near Russian embassies in many countries and hundreds of people have been detained in Russia, reports say, amid warnings not to rally.