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The spokesman for late Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny says his body has been handed over to his mother’s custody.

Spokeswoman Kira Yarmysh announced that the Russian government handed over Navalny’s body after days of pleas from Lyudmila Navalnaya, the late activist’s mother.

“Alexey’s body was handed over to his mother,” Yarmysh announced on social media on Saturday. “Thank you very much to everyone who asked us for this. Lyudmila Ivanovna is still in Salekhard.”

ALEXEI NAVALNY’S MOTHER DEMANDS PUTIN TO DELIVER HER SON’S BODY ‘SO THAT HE CAN BE BURIED HUMANLY’

Alexei Navalny's mother, Lyudmila Navalnaya

In this image taken from video provided by Team Navalny, Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s mother, Lyudmila Navalny, speaks during a video statement from the Arctic city of Salekhard, 1,937 km (1,211 miles) northeast of Moscow , Russia. The mother of top Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny says investigators probing her son’s death have resorted to blackmailing her to try to persuade her to agree to her secret burial out of the public eye. (Team Navalny via AP)

“The funeral is still pending. We do not know if the authorities will intervene to make it happen as the family wants and as Alexei deserves,” Yarmysh continued. “We will inform you as soon as there is any news.”

The transfer of Navalny’s body follows a long series of accusations from his loved ones that the Russian government has attempted to intimidate and blackmail them into agreeing to a “private funeral” out of public view.

Navalnaya made her initial plea for her son’s body while speaking outside a penal colony in Kharp, northern Russia, where prison officials say Navalny died last Friday after collapsing after a walk. The prominent Putin critic was serving a sentence there on charges he said were politically motivated.

ALEXEI NAVALNY’S WIFE SAYS ‘PUTIN KILLED THE FATHER OF MY CHILDREN’

Alexei Navalny's appearance in court

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny appears via video link from the Arctic penal colony where he is serving a 19-year sentence, provided by the Russian Federal Penitentiary Service during a hearing of Russia’s Supreme Court, in Moscow, Russia. (AP/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

“I am addressing you, Vladimir Putin. The solution to the problem depends only on you. Let me finally see my son,” he added. “I demand that Alexei’s body be handed over immediately so that he can be buried humanely.”

Navalny’s wife, Yulia Navalnaya, later added on social media: “Return Alexei’s body and allow him to be buried with dignity, do not stop people from saying goodbye to him.”

She alleged in another video on Monday that her husband was poisoned and that Russian officials held his body until all traces of the nerve agent disappeared.

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Tribute to Navalny in Moscow, Russia

People lay flowers to pay tribute to Alexei Navalny at the wall of pain, in memory of the victims of political repression in Moscow, Russia. (AP/Dmitri Serebryakov)

Navalny’s body was reportedly found with “signs of bruising,” while government officials told his mother last week that Navalny died of “sudden death syndrome,” according to Reuters.

World leaders, including President Biden, are blaming Putin after Russia announced Navalny’s death in a penal colony in Siberia on Friday, but the Kremlin is now calling those statements “disgusting,” the news agency adds.

By Sam