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The mother of Alexei Navalny, the main Russian opposition leader who died last week, says she is resisting pressure from the Kremlin to agree to bury her son in secret.

Lyudmila Navalnaya said in a video statement posted on YouTube on Thursday that Russian investigators allowed her to view her son’s body in the morgue in the Arctic city of Salekhard.

“They blackmail me, they impose conditions on me: where, when and how Alexei should be buried. This is illegal,” he said, accusing the Kremlin of giving the orders.

“They want it to be done secretly, without a memorial service,” Navalnaya said. “They want to take me to the edge of the cemetery, to a fresh grave and tell me: here lies your son. I don’t agree with that.”

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Alexei Navalny's mother, Lyudmila Navalnaya

Lyudmila Navalnaya, mother of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, speaks during a video statement from the Arctic city of Salekhard, accusing investigators of blackmail by trying to persuade her to bury her son secretly without a public funeral. (Team Navalny via AP)

Navalnaya accused Russian investigators of continuing to threaten her over her decision.

“Looking me in the eye, the investigator says that if I don’t agree to a secret funeral, they will do something with my son’s body,” she said. “Investigator Voropayev told me openly: time is not working for you, the corpse is decomposing.”

Protesters hold a photograph of Alexei Navalny.

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny died last week in an Arctic penal colony, according to Russia’s Federal Penitentiary Service. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

The grieving mother reaffirmed that she did not give in to pressure and demanded to receive her son’s body immediately.

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“I don’t want special conditions, I just want everything to be done according to the law,” he said.

Navalny’s mother has already filed a lawsuit in a Salekhard court challenging officials’ refusal to hand over her son’s body. A closed-door hearing is scheduled for March 4. On Tuesday, she appealed to Russian President Vladimir Putin to release the remains of her son so she could be buried with dignity.

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Russian authorities said Navalny died on Friday after collapsing after a walk in a penal colony in Kharp, northern Russia. The opposition leader’s death comes less than a month before an election in which Putin will likely win another six years in power.

Timothy HJ Nerozzi of Fox News and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

By Sam