Alexei Navalny

Kremlin says West’s ‘obnoxious’ reaction to Navalny’s death is unacceptable

Kremlin says West’s ‘obnoxious’ reaction to Navalny’s death is unacceptable
Participants hold a banner reading 'Putin is a killer' during a rally in reaction to the death of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny in front of the Russian embassy, in Berlin, Germany, 18 February 2024. Russian opposition leader and outspoken Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny has died aged 47 in a penal colony, the Federal Penitentiary Service of the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous District announced on 16 February 2024. A prison service statement said that Navalny 'felt unwell' after a walk on 16 February, and it was investigating the causes of his death. In late 2023 Navalny was transferred to an Arctic penal colony considered one of the harshest prisons. EPA-EFE/CLEMENS BILAN

MOSCOW, Feb 19 (Reuters) - The Kremlin said on Monday that the West's reaction to Alexei Navalny's death was unacceptable but that the obnoxious statements from the United States and Europe would not harm President Vladimir Putin.

“We consider it absolutely unacceptable to make such, well, frankly obnoxious statements,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters.

“These statements, of course, cannot cause any damage to our head of our state,” Peskov said.

Peskov said the investigation into Navalny’s death was ongoing and is being conducted in accordance with Russian law.

Asked how Putin reacted to news of the death, Peskov said: “I have nothing to add.”

(Reporting by Reuters; editing by Guy Faulconbridge)


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  • Philip Machanick says:

    Putin would have us believe that he had no motive to want Navalny dead – and some of his talking heads have blamed the West, as if they run Russian prisons.

    Yet his thugs have brutally shut down any public show of mourning.

  • Charles Kuhn says:

    And so Mr Ramaphosa and the ANC supports murder.

  • Beyond Fedup says:

    If there is anything obnoxious about this whole matter, it is the evil mass-murdering thug Putin and his vile Kremlin. They have shown the world countless times, including this sickening one, that they are the most awful, bestial and disgusting beings (certainly would call them human) and that they deserve be be treated as vermin. They even arrest and beat people who lay flowers in commemoration of Navalny. Stalin’s DNA runs deep in this monster! Cyril the spineless – I hope you are proud of yourself and stop pontificating about human rights as you are nothing but a fraud and a hypocrite!!

  • pjandlynn says:

    Did I miss something or is there a deafening silence from Naledi Pandor on this?

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