The Romanian ambassador in Moscow laid a wreath in memory of Alexei Navalny

Romania's ambassador to Moscow, Cristian Istrate, laid a wreath at Piatra Solovetsky, a monument to the victims of political repression, in memory of Russian dissident Alexei Navalny.

Romania's ambassador to Russia laid a wreath in memory of the Russian opponent PHOTO Platform X

“At the instructions of the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Romanian ambassador in Moscow laid flowers at Piatra Solovetsky, to pay tribute to the unexpected and shocking death of Alexei Navalnyi. Our thoughts go out to his family and to all the people of Russia who yearn for democracy, freedom and dignity.”shows a post on the X page, formerly Twitter of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The Romanian Ministry also sent: “Our thoughts go out to his family and to all the people of Russia who yearn for democracy, freedom and dignity,” he added.

The death of Alexei Navalny

Alexei Navalny, the main opponent of the Putin regime, died on Friday, at the age of 47, in a prison colony in the Russian Arctic.

The Russian prison service reported that Aleksei Navalnyi died “after a walk”, according to Sky News. “On February 16, 2024, in prison colony no. 3, prisoner A. Navalnîi felt sick after a walk, losing consciousness almost immediately“, said a press release.

Putin's most visible opponent

Navalny, one of Putin's most visible and persistent critics, was being held in a prison located about 40 miles north of the Arctic Circle, where he had been sentenced to 19 years under “special regime”. In a prison video from January, he appeared gaunt and with a shaved head.

In early December, he disappeared from a prison in the Vladimir region, where he was serving a 30-year sentence on extremism and fraud charges, which he called political revenge for leading the anti-Kremlin opposition in the 2010s, writes The guardian

The Russian dissident did not expect to be released during Putin's lifetime. A former nationalist politician, Navalny helped spark the 2011-2012 protests in Russia, fighting election fraud and government corruption, investigating Putin's inner circle and sharing findings in well-made videos that have garnered hundreds of millions of views.

The high point of his political career came in 2013, when he won 27 percent of the vote in a race for mayor of Moscow, in an election that few believed was free or fair.