Headline RoundupFebruary 19th, 2024

Navalny's Widow Vows to Continue Fight Against Putin

Summary from the AllSides News Team

Yulia Navalnaya, wife of the recently deceased Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, pledged to continue her husband’s fight in a video message released Monday. 

Key Quotes: “Three days ago, Vladimir Putin killed my husband Alexei Navalny. Putin killed the father of my children. Putin took away the most precious thing I had, the closest and most beloved person,” Yulia Navalnaya said, according to captions on her video message. “I have no right to give up. I will continue the work of Alexei Navalny. I will continue to fight for our country and I urge you to stand next to me,” she added.

For Context: Russian officials announced Navalny’s death in a remote Arctic penal colony on Friday. Representatives for Navalny confirmed his death over the weekend, but the location of his body was reportedly still unclear on Monday. While his cause of death is unknown, a Russian newspaper cited an anonymous source saying his “bruised body” had been seen at a morgue. Navalny, an anti-corruption activist and critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, had been imprisoned since 2021 on a range of charges after returning to the country following his poisoning in August 2020. 

How the Media Covered It: Western media outlets across the political spectrum were generally united in covering Navalnaya’s message favorably and prominently. Several articles highlighted her nickname as the “First Lady” of the Russian opposition; The Guardian (Lean Left bias) called the video message “powerful,” and National Review (Lean Right bias) said the late Navalny was “sentenced on sham charges.” 

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