Navalny Relative Killed in Bucha, Ukraine – Reports

The second cousin of imprisoned Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny has been found in a mass grave in Bucha, where atrocities against civilians were uncovered after Russia withdrew from northern Ukraine.

German tabloid Bild reported this week that he spoke to surviving residents who had witnessed the shooting death of their neighbor Ilya Navalny by Russian soldiers on March 12. A passport bearing his name was reportedly found next to his body.

Ilya Navalny’s body was found in a mass grave among more than 400 which the mayor of Bucha said had been found since Russia’s withdrawal on March 30, which ended a month-long occupation.

“Yes, Ilya was a distant relative of Alexei, they have a common great-grandfather,” said Pavlo Navalny, the village chief of Nove Zalissya, who is also Navalny’s third cousin. Told BBC Ukrainian Service.

Pavlo Navalny previously revealed the Russian opposition leader’s roots in a 2021 BBC interview. Residents said at the time that “half our village is full of Navalnys”, with the village registrar finding at least 11 residents carrying the same last name.

Alexei Navalny said later on Tuesday that he did not know if he and Ilya Navalny were related, but condemned his alleged killers as “Putin’s butchers” who “apparently hoped he was”.

“All the circumstances indicate that he was killed because of his surname. That is why the passport was obviously thrown next to him,” he said in a social media post. .

Navalny reiterated his call for Russians to “protest where you can and how you can”.

“Inaction is the worst and its consequence is death.”

Prior to his 2020 poisoning and 2021 arrest after treatment abroad, Navalny said he spent his childhood summers visiting his grandmother in Zalissya near Chernobyl, the site of the worst nuclear disaster in the world.

Navalny was sentenced last month to nine years in prison, in addition to his current 2.5-year prison sentence.

Putin’s spokesman called for mass gatherings against Russia’s war in Ukraine, sustained sanctions against state media figures and urged Western leaders and tech giants to mount a massive campaign social media campaign against state propaganda.

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