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Navalny's widow faces suspension on X

Yulia Navalnaya faces social media storm after account suspension


Yulia Navalnaya, the widow of Alexei Navalny, faced a brief suspension of her account on social media platform X, which was later restored. The platform, previously known as Twitter before its acquisition by Elon Musk's companies Tesla and SpaceX, cited a "mistakenly flagged" account by its anti-spam and manipulation system.

According to a report on Sky News, the official account, Safety on X, reassured that the suspension was lifted promptly upon discovering the error, promising updates in the defense system.

Alexei Navalny, a prominent critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, passed away while serving a 19-year prison term. His Anti-Corruption Foundation reached out to Elon Musk regarding the suspension, seeking clarification on the violation. Shortly after, Mrs. Navalnaya regained access to the platform and used it to advocate for the dignified burial of her late husband.

In a powerful video statement, Mrs. Navalnaya accused Putin of orchestrating her husband's demise, alleging the use of a novichok-style nerve agent and a subsequent cover-up by officials. She vowed to continue Alexei Navalny's mission despite the Kremlin's denials and dismissive remarks from Putin's spokesperson, Dmitry Peskov.

The situation escalated as Mrs. Navalnaya and Mr. Navalny's mother, Lyudmila Navalnaya, demanded the release of Alexei's body for a proper burial, accusing Russian authorities of withholding information and delaying the process. The Kremlin remained silent on Navalny's death, while defending the actions of police in handling mourners and protesters.

Amid mounting pressure, the White House announced impending sanctions against Russia in response to Navalny's death, signaling international concern and condemnation of the events surrounding the opposition leader's demise.

[With information sourced from Sky News]

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