Attempts to hire a hearse to take Navalny to his own funeral have been blocked -spokesperson

February 29, 2024

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Allies of deceased Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny said on Thursday that attempts to hire a hearse to take his body to his own funeral in Moscow the following day had been thwarted by unknown individuals. Kira Yarmysh, a spokesperson for Navalny, said on X that unknown individuals had been threatening hearse providers by phone and that nobody had agreed to transport his body as a result. The Kremlin critic's allies - who have promised to livestream his funeral service online - have accused the authorities of blocking a civil memorial service that they wanted to hold for him. Navalny's wife Yulia has said she is unsure whether the funeral itself will pass off peacefully or whether police will arrest attendees. The Kremlin has denied state involvement in his death and has said it was unaware of any agreement to free Navalny.