Speaking to the European Parliament on Wednesday, Yulia Navalnaya, the widow of Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny, who recently died in prison, said that the tried methods of dealing with Russian President Vladimir Putin won’t work.

“Putin is capable of anything and you cannot negotiate with him,” Navalnaya said according to a report by Radio Svoboda, describing the death of her husband as a “public murder.”

The widow called on world leaders to agree on how to deal with Putin.

“Last Saturday was two years since Putin started a full-scale war against Ukraine. Brutal and sneaky war. The whole world rushed to Ukraine’s aid. But two years have passed. There is much exhaustion, much blood, much disappointment, and Putin has gone nowhere. Everything has already been used: weapons, money, sanctions. And nothing is working. And the worst has happened — everyone got used to the war,” Navalnaya said.

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The widow said that Putin must answer for the death of her husband and for the invasion of Ukraine, “a neighboring peaceful country.”

“If you really want to defeat Putin, you have to become an innovator. And you have to stop being boring. You can't hurt Putin with another resolution or another set of sanctions that is no different from the previous ones. You can't defeat him by thinking he's a man of principle who has morals and rules. And Alexei realized that a long time ago. You are not dealing with a politician, but with a bloody monster. Putin is a leader of an organized criminal gang. This includes poisoners and assassins but they're just puppets. The most important thing is the people close to Putin — his friends, associates and keepers of mafia money."

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Navalnaya said that the West has to understand that it is not going up against a country or a politician, but rather a criminal organization.

To combat Putin, the same methods used to combat organized crime must be employed, she said.

“No diplomatic notes, but investigations into the financial machinations. Not statements of concern, but a search for mafia associates in your countries, for the discreet lawyers and financiers who are helping Putin and his friends to hide money.”

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The widow said that her allies are those Russians who oppose Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and Putin.

Alexei Navalny was reported  dead on Feb. 16 by the Russian Federal Penitentiary Service. 

He had been held at Correctional Facility No. 3 in Kharp, Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug, in northwestern Siberia.

Navalny had been imprisoned since early 2021 when a Moscow City Court sentenced him to 19 years in a prison colony for “extremism” in August 2023.

Representatives of the colony where Navalny was located told the anti-corruption politician's mother that he died of sudden death syndrome.

On Feb. 25, the head of Ukraine's Defense Intelligence, Kyrylo Budanov stated that Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny had died of natural causes, namely a blood clot.

Maria Pevchikh, the chair of the Anti-Corruption Foundation formerly headed by Alexei Navalny, said on Feb. 26 that an agreement had been made to swap Navalny  in a prisoner exchange, but he died while the negotiations were in the final stages.

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John
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Kirrill has long been considered a KGB shill even from his days at the W.C.C. He blesses mass murder in the name of Jesus Christ. That makes him an anti-Christ along with his master. The god they serve cannot be Jesus Christ. They nail Him helpless to the cross. They serve SATAN as do those who support them. Cross yourselves against them.
Is Satan absent from Ukraine? No. From the West or China or the Middle East? No. But he is swelling with pride in Russia as innocents are slaughtered without mercy.

John
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@John, So which John are you.....I'm the die hard Ukraine supporting John from Canada (post below and on most other Kyivpost articles).

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John
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I do not understand why the russian masses do not take out their own political garbage? What happened to Navalny was a despicable crime.....as were hundreds of thousands of other deaths and political / economic incarcerations orchestrated by putin. As is the concentration of almost all russia's national wealth into a handful or putin and his cronies control.

Of course putin is a mafioso style, murderous, criminal, thug leader.....of course he cares nothing about the common folk in russia. How many times do you need to hear this Russians? Of course peacefully protesting or trying to run against him politically will fail. How many times to you plan to repeat those failed methods when your own history illustrates the only option?

Putins regime makes the laws that keep it in total control. You will never enjoy the privileges and rights of democratic societies while it remains in power.

So what are you going to do about it.....wait for some external force to save you? Don't hold you breathe. We are busy enough defending our political systems, legal borders and infrastructure from external meddling thugs like putin, and so far our own leadership are too weak to declare these hybrid war attacks against our nations as cause to go to physical war against Russia. I wholly disagree with that pacifist approach to being victimized, but I hold no sway.

You want a new leader russian's....take out your current one first. Good luck. Make better choices next time.

GregC
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@John, you have to understand the Russia citizen lack any courage to stand up against their criminal leaders... always been this way... the citizens have accepted this is how life and there is nothing they can do about, because they are cowards....

compare this to the story of the UK. the English have a long history of standing against abusive leaders centuries, but they prevailed in 1215 with the Magna Carta, the king signed to state he is not above the law.

Russians have never sot after freedoms... I do not expect they ever will. this is one major difference between Russians and Ukrainians... Ukrainians are willing to die for freedom, Russians cannot handle being arrested... let alone die for a cause.

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