Statement by the International Memorial Association on the death of Aleksei Navalny

17 February 2024

Source: International Memorial Association

Today we are talking about the tragic death in a Russian prison of Aleksei Navalny.

We are talking about a political assassination. And about a direct continuity with the Soviet past.

The chain of political murders, the chain of deaths of political prisoners in camps and prisons, reveals this criminal continuity.

Aleksei Navalny – 47 years old, a Russian politician, public figure, lawyer, died today, 16 February 2024 in a penal colony in the Yamalo-Nenets region.

Vasil Stus – a Ukrainian poet, 47 years old, died on 4 September 1985 in a punishment cell in a Perm camp.

Anatoly Marchenko – a writer, human rights activist, 49 years old, died in Chistopol prison on 8 December 1986.

The Russian regime is attempting to return this vast country and the millions of people living in it to the ‘glorious Soviet Yesterday’. Its methods are violence, aggression, lack of freedom for millions, and the murder of political prisoners.

The death of Aleksei Navalny is a tragedy not only for his family, his friends and his colleagues, but for all those who want Russia to become a democratic state that does not pose a threat to the outside world, who want an end to the war and the withdrawal of Russian forces from Ukraine. His death is yet another crime of the Putin regime for which those responsible must be brought to justice.

The best we can do now is remember Aleksei Navalny’s answer to the question about what message he would leave behind for those who share his views if he were killed: ‘Don’t give up!’

Translated by Rights in Russia

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