“A European Union offers its condolences to the family and friends of Alexei Navalny as he is laid to rest”, said the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, in a post on the social network Twitter).

The official explained that, at the ceremony in Moscow, “the EU ambassador and other diplomats are paying tribute to him”.

“Navalny’s convictions will not disappear — ideas cannot be tortured, poisoned or killed. He continues to be an inspiration to many in Russia and beyond,” said Josep Borrell in X.

Russian opponent Alexei Navalny, whose death was announced on February 16 by the Russian prison authorities, was buried today in the Borissovo cemetery, in Moscow, surrounded by family and friends.

“The coffin has been lowered into the earth”, announced on social media Ivan Zhdanov, one of the opposition leader’s closest collaborators, cited by the French agency AFP.

“Goodbye, my friend,” he added.

The crowd gathered near the cemetery shouted “No to war!” in protest against the Russian attack on Ukraine, which began more than two years ago, AFP reported.

Navalny’s supporters shouted “He was not afraid and we are not afraid”, despite the large police presence in the area. “We will not forgive”, they also shouted.

A declared critic of President Vladimir Putin’s regime and charismatic defender of the fight against corruption, Navalny died at the age of 47 under circumstances that are still unclear.

Prison services said he suffered a sudden collapse after a walk and the death certificate mentions a natural cause.

His associates, widow Yulia Navalnaia and many Western leaders accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of being responsible for Navalny’s death.

The Russian presidency denied such accusations.

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