Russian opposition chief Alexei Navalny is seen in a Pobeda airplane after it landed at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport on January 17, 2021. (Kirill Kudryavtsev, AFP)
- Russian troopers killed a 60-year-old man named Ilya Navalny apparently as a result of he shared the identify with Alexei Navalny the Kremlin critic says.
- The person was killed within the Ukrainian city of Bucha.
- The Kremlin denies the allegations.
Jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny on Tuesday mentioned Russian troopers had killed a 60-year-old man known as Ilya Navalny within the Ukrainian city of Bucha apparently simply because he shared Navalny’s final identify.
Russian forces retreated from Bucha final month and Ukrainian officers say they’ve found greater than 400 our bodies of individuals they imagine have been killed by Russian troops throughout their occupation of the world.
The allegations, which Reuters has not been capable of confirm, triggered condemnation from the West and fierce denials from the Kremlin, which calls the allegations a “monstrous forgery” designed to denigrate the Russian military.
Navalny shared an image on Twitter of a passport with the identify Ilya Ivanovich Navalny that he mentioned appeared to have been intentionally left subsequent to a lifeless physique in Bucha.
“A totally harmless particular person was killed by Putin’s executioners (what else can I name them? undoubtedly not ‘Russian troopers’) as a result of he’s my namesake,” Navalny wrote.
“Apparently, they hoped he was a relative of mine.”
The Russian defence ministry didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
Navalny mentioned he didn’t know if the person was a relative however that he got here from the identical village as Navalny’s father. He renewed an attraction to Russians to exhibit towards the warfare.
Hundreds of thousands have been pressured to flee Ukraine since Russian troops invaded the nation on 24 February. 1000’s have been killed or wounded, and cities and cities have been levelled.
The Kremlin calls its actions a “particular army operation” which it claims was essential to demilitarize and “liberate” Ukraine from nationalist extremists. Kyiv and its Western allies reject these arguments as a baseless pretext for invasion.
Navalny, who’s 45, was jailed final 12 months when he returned to Russia after receiving medical therapy in Germany following a poison assault with a Soviet-era nerve agent.
He blamed the assault on Russian President Vladimir Putin. The Kremlin denies the allegation.
A Russian court docket final month discovered Navalny responsible of large-scale fraud and contempt of court docket, a transfer prone to prolong his time in jail by years. He is ready to submit content material on social media by way of his legal professionals and supporters.