More blows to Russian opposition. “Vladimir Putin is a murderer and war criminal”

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Moscow is taking on the opposition again. A Russian court has issued an arrest warrant in absentia for Yulia Navalnaya, Alexei's widow, and Vladimir Kara-Murza, who is serving a 25-year sentence, has been hospitalized in a prison. This is one of the harshest punishments in Russia's post-Soviet history – for a journalist calling Putin a war criminal.

The death of Alexei Navalny was not enough for Putin's regime. It is targeting the oppositionist's widow. Yulia Navalnaya is now officially wanted by the Russian state. A court in Moscow has issued an arrest warrant for her. She has been accused of “participating in an extremist group”. Navalnaya is safe, she is abroad. For security reasons, she does not reveal where exactly. She commented on the court's decision online.

“When you write about this, please do not forget to write the most important thing: Vladimir Putin is a murderer and a war criminal. His place is in prison, but not somewhere in The Hague, in a nice cell with a TV, but in Russia – in the same penal colony and the same 2 by 3 meter cell where he killed Alexei,” reads Yulia Navalnaya's post on the “X” platform.

Yulia Navalnaya continues her late husband's fight

Yulia Navalnaya, as she announced after her husband's death, is continuing his work: the fight for a democratic Russia, free from corruption and Putin.

A week ago, she became the new chairwoman of the Human Rights Foundation based in New York. She replaced Garry Kasparov. “Dictators learn from each other. They learn how to use terror, how to maintain impunity. They become braver and stronger. To defeat them, we must learn too. We will continue to fight and we will not give up,” Yulia Navalnaya announced.

Navalnaya often appears in Germany. In March, she cast her vote in the pseudo-elections for president of Russia at the Russian embassy in Berlin.

Now German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has come to Navalnaya's defense. “The Russian arrest warrant for Yulia Navalnaya is an arrest warrant against the desire for freedom and democracy,” he wrote on the X platform.

“We must continue to fight even harder for what they died for”

Very disturbing news is coming from Russia about another well-known Russian oppositionist. Vladimir Kara-Murza, imprisoned in a penal colony in Siberia, has been hospitalized, allegedly because of neurological problems. Russian authorities are not allowing him to contact either his family or his lawyers.

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Kara-Murza is serving a 25-year sentence for criticizing Putin, and the indictment even charges him with treason. Kara-Murza's family accuses the regime of poisoning the oppositionist. They fear he will end up like Alexei Navalny. After his tragic death, Kara-Murza said: If we give in to despondency and despair, that's exactly what they want. We can't allow that. We owe it to our fallen friends, we must continue to fight even harder for what they died for – the transformation of Russia into a normal, free, European and democratic state.

International organizations, including Freedom House, are calling on the world's governments to demand that the Kremlin provide unfettered access to the imprisoned oppositionist and release him immediately.

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