US accuses Russia of ‘killing’ Navalny, Putin’s enemy; Kremlin asks to ‘wait for autopsy’

He Russian Foreign Ministry urged the United States not to make accusations without basis about those responsible for the death of opposition leader Alexei Navalny this Friday in prison until the results of the autopsy are known.

“The death of a person is always a tragedy (…). “Instead of gratuitous accusations, they should show restraint and wait for the official results of the autopsy,” the Foreign Ministry statement said.

Moscow wondered why the White House and the State Department They consider the death of a Russian citizen in a prison in this country “much more important” and “more terrible” than that of an American in a Ukrainian prison.

The statement mentions the journalist and blogger of Chilean and American citizenship, Gonzalo Lira, who died last January in custody in Ukraine.

Lira had been arrested in May 2023 accused of spreading false information about the war and justify the Russian military campaign in Ukraine on social networks.

Kamala Harris points to Russia as ‘responsible’ for Navalny’s death

The Vice President of the United States, Kamala Harris, denounced that Russia is “responsible” for Navalny’s death, which in her opinion is another sign of the “brutality” of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“Whatever story they tell, let us make it clear that Russia is responsible,” Harris said at the beginning of his speech at the Munich Security Conference, in which the wife of the Russian opponent, Yulia Naválnaya, also participates.

For his part, the US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, assured that “for more than a decade, the Russian government, Putin, has persecuted, poisoned and imprisoned Navalny, and now his death is reported.”

If these reports are accurate, he added“his death in a Russian prison and the fixation and fear of one man alone underscore the weakness and rot at the heart of the system Putin has built.”

Navalny, 47, died suddenly this Friday in the Arctic prison where he had been since last December, according to the Russian prison services.