Navalny’s Body Returned To His Mother

MOSCOW, RUSSIA - MAY, 24: (RUSSIA OUT) Russian opposition politician, anti-corruption campaigner and founder of the Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK), Alexey Navalny is seen on the screen during his legal appeal against his nine-year prison sentence, in Moscow's City Court, on May 24, 2022, in Moscow, Russia. Appeal of Kremlin critic Navalny was rejected by the court on Tuesday. (Photo by Contributor/Getty Images)

The body of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was returned to his mother, according to a statement from his spokesperson Saturday.

“Thank you very much to everyone who demanded this with us,” Navalny spokesperson, Kira Yarmys wrote on the social media platform X.

He also said a funeral date has yet to be set but, “We don’t know whether the authorities will interfere with carrying [plans] out the way the family wants and as Alexey deserves. We will provide information as it becomes available.”

Navalny was serving a 19-year sentence on extremism charges. He was found dead earlier this month.

In December he was moved from his former prison to a “special regime” penal colony – the highest security level of prisons in Russia – located above the Arctic Circle.

Navalny’s widow claims that he was poisoned with a nerve agent by President Vladimir Putin’s regime.

The Kremlin has denied involvement in Navalny’s death.