Alexei Navalny Buried in Moscow

    Alexei Navalny Buried in Moscow
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    The Facts

    • Alexei Navalny, the late Russian opposition leader, was buried at Borisovskoye Cemetery on Friday after a religious service at a Russian Orthodox church in Moscow's Maryino neighborhood.

    • While only a small group of people, mostly his close relatives, were allowed inside the church, thousands gathered to bid Navalny farewell and shout anti-Putin slogans amid heavy police presence.

    The Spin

    Anti-Russia narrative

    Amid fears that the death of Navalny could extinguish hope for Russia, his courageous compatriots have shown that the opposition leader is gone but not forgotten — and that his legacy will endure as a symbol of resistance against Putin and his regime. They knew they were unlikely to be allowed in the funeral but gathered outside anyway to honor Navalny.

    Pro-Russia narrative

    It's outrageous, though not surprising, that fellow Russians who attended the funeral of extremist Navalny in Moscow shouted Ukrainian Nazi slogans in blatant disrespect for soldiers fighting for the nation on the front. This isn't democracy or freedom but only treason and open hostility against Russia.

    Nerd narrative

    There's a 50% chance that Vladimir Putin will cease to hold the office of president of Russia by January 2029, according to the Metaculus prediction community.

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