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    Western Officials and Kremlin Critics Blame Putin and His Government for Navalny’s Death in Prison

    Western Officials and Kremlin Critics Blame Putin and His Government for Navalny's Death in Prison

    TALLINN, — World leaders and Russian opposition activists wasted no time Friday in blaming the reported death of imprisoned opposition leader Alexei Navalny on President Vladimir Putin and his government.

    “It is obvious that he was killed by Putin,” said Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, who was visiting for the Munich Security Conference as he sought aid for his country as it fights off an invasion by .

    “Putin doesn't care who dies — only for him to hold his position. This is why he must hold onto nothing. Putin must lose everything and be held responsible for his deeds,” Zelenskyy added.

    German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, whose country temporarily took in Navalny in 2020 after he was poisoned with a nerve agent, praised the Kremlin critic's bravery and said his death makes clear “what kind of regime this is.”

    “He has probably now paid for this courage with his life,” Scholz said, standing next to Zelenskyy. The German leader said he met Navalny in during his convalescence.

    Navalny, 47, was serving a 19-year prison sentence on extremism charges in a remote penal colony above the Arctic Circle at the time of his death. He has been behind bars since he returned from Germany in January 2021, serving time on various charges that he rejected as a politically motivated effort to keep him imprisoned for life.

    Navalny was “brutally murdered by the Kremlin,” said Latvian President…

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