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Protest shouts against Putin at Navalny’s funeral

Some people openly protested against Russian President Vladimir Putin outside the funeral service for Kremlin critic and opposition politician Alexei Navalny, who died in a prison camp.

“Russia without Putin!” “Putin is a murderer!” “Russia will be free!” and “No to war!” people sang in choir on Friday in Moscow. The atmosphere was tense, with a large contingent of uniformed Russian special police.

In a livestream on YouTube, Navalny’s team showed thousands of people chanting “Navalny, Navalny, Navalny” behind barriers made of metal bars. They sang, “We do not forget. We do not forgive.”

After the funeral service at the church, the brown coffin was transported to the Borisov Cemetery in Moscow for the funeral, which was scheduled for 4:00 PM (1:00 PM GMT). Thousands of people walked for about half an hour to the cemetery.

Putin’s spokesperson Dmitry Peskov had previously warned against unauthorized protests.

Supporters and relatives of Navalny and human rights activists accuse Putin of having the leading Russian opposition figure killed in custody. The Kremlin rejects this.

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Flowers, candles and photos are laid in honor of the late Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny, near the Consulate General of the Russian Federation.  .  Sven Hoppe/dpa

Flowers, candles and photos are laid in honor of the late Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny, near the Consulate General of the Russian Federation. . Sven Hoppe/dpa

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