Headline RoundupMarch 1st, 2024

Thousands Gather for Navalny Funeral Despite Tight Security

Summary from the AllSides News Team

Thousands of mourners gathered for Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s funeral in Moscow on Friday, despite Kremlin warnings against spontaneous memorials. 

The Details: The crowd reportedly stretched for at least half a mile outside the church where the funeral service took place. The funeral was marked by an intense police presence due to fears of unauthorized protests from Navalny's supporters, who blame Russia's government for his death. As Navalny's coffin arrived at the church, the crowd started chanting his name; some reportedly shouted, “Putin is a killer,” “free political prisoners,” and “no to war.” Due to restrictions, cameras were not allowed inside the church during the service, but some pictures on social media showed the public laying red and white roses on Navalny's open casket. 

For Context: Alexei Navalny had been the face of the Russian opposition movement for over a decade. He died inside an Arctic Circle prison, where he was serving a 19-year sentence for what many believe were fabricated offenses. He also previously survived being poisoned with a Novichok nerve agent in 2020. The Kremlin denied involvement in Navalny’s death and prior poisoning. 

How The Media Covered It: Coverage across the spectrum generally covered Navalny favorably, framing the gathering as an act of defiance of Putin. Articles often played up Navalny’s role in Russia, with CNN (Lean Left bias) calling him “Putin’s most formidable opponent” and Fox News (Right bias) calling him a “Putin arch-nemesis.” This summary was developed with the help of AllSides' AI technology.

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