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Cyprus call Navalny ‘ Defender of Freedom’

The Cypriot Ministry of Foreign Affairs has expressed deep sorrow for the death of Alexei Navalny.

The Ministry tweeted: ‘Deeply saddened by reports on Alexei Navalny’s death, a defender of human rights, freedom and democracy. Circumstances of his death have to be duly investigated. Sincere condolences and sympathy to Navalny’s wife and family’.

The 47-year-old outspoken critic of President Putin has been in a Russian jail since 2021 on charges widely viewed as politically motivated.

On Friday, the Yamalo-Nenets district, where Navalny had been serving his sentence said he had “felt unwell” after a walk on Friday then “almost immediately lost consciousness”.

Famagusta Gazette