VIDEO | Andonovic: Russian authorities set three more conditions for Navalny's family to receive his body

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Alexei Navalny's mother, Lyudmila, has accused Russian authorities of planning a "secret" funeral for her son, saying she will not agree to it.

Ivan Zhdanov, the director of Navalny's Anti-Corruption Foundation, announced that the Russian Investigative Committee has set additional conditions for handing over the body to Navalny's mother, CNN reports.

In addition to the secret burial, the Board set three more conditions:

1. The body should be transported to Moscow by a special plane, and before arriving in the capital, Navalny's mother should not announce the funeral, so as not to cause a gathering of his supporters to wait for his remains at the airport.

2. All the time before the funeral, the family must be accompanied by an employee of the investigative committee to control that the timing of the funeral does not become public.

3. Navalny's mother should decide on the date of the funeral after arriving in Moscow. The body should be kept in Moscow or the Vladimir region before burial. According to Zhdanov, the investigative committee "is afraid that the morgue will be attacked" and the body will be stolen.

The death certificate will be handed over to Navalny's family after his mother and wife agree to meet these conditions, the director of the Anti-Corruption Foundation Zhdanov said in an interview given to Russian media.

He added that Navalny's mother, Lyudmila, was threatened to agree to these conditions.

Meanwhile, the French newspaper "Figaro" states that the sudden death of Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny in a remote prison, where he was serving a 19-year sentence, has caused much speculation and suspicion about his death.

His relatives accused Russian authorities of withholding his body to hide evidence, and his wife Yulia Navalny, like many Western leaders, blamed Russian authorities for his death.

In a report written by Cecil Tepper in the aforementioned newspaper, it is stated that this death, which happened a month before the presidential elections, was a mistake for Moscow, and Dmitry Peskov replied that all the accusations were "serious and baseless".

The Federal Prison Service's central office said a team of doctors had been tasked with conducting the investigation.

Navalny's spokeswoman, Kira Jarmish, said the body would not be returned to the family for 14 days, sparking outrage among the ex-detainee's mother, who demanded that Russian President Vladimir Putin hand over her son's body immediately.

"Generally, an autopsy requires only a few hours, maybe a day in more complex cases," said Mark Augsburger, head of the Department of Toxicology at the Center for Forensic Medicine at the Roman University of Lausanne.

French toxicologists quoted by Figaro said: "We cannot rule out that he had a heart attack, a burst blood vessel or a pulmonary embolism, and an autopsy can determine that."

If no natural cause is found, more tests must be done, which takes more time, experts add.

The Minnesota Protocol, a UN document governing investigations into suspicious deaths, requires that the body of the deceased not be released to the family and stipulates that investigations must be conducted in a "swift, impartial and transparent manner".

Investigators can legally hold the body of a person who died in prison for up to 30 days, meaning a two-week hold is not unusual.

Navalny's spokeswoman and close friend Kira Jarmis accused the authorities of wanting to "cover up the traces of the murder", even though there was no medically justified purpose.

"In the case of poisoning, it is very rare that all traces of toxic substances are erased over time, unlike gases," state the forensic experts.

Many, guided by previous poisoning cases in Russia, suspected Novichok, a chemical substance developed by the Soviet Union in the 1970s that is difficult to detect.

Toxicologists, Figaro states, state that Novichok is a neurotoxin that paralyzes muscles, including respiratory muscles, causing rapid death." These things are difficult to detect in European laboratories, even with the best apparatus because their complete composition is not known, Figaro quotes French toxicologists.

The newspaper reported that the death of Alexei Navalny occurred immediately after a walk in the prison yard, after which he allegedly felt ill and lost consciousness.

A medical team from a nearby hospital was quickly dispatched to the scene and attempted to revive the patient, but were unsuccessful.

The previous day, according to the newspaper, he participated in two court hearings via video link and did not complain about his health.

For the world public, the arrival of Navalny's remains as well as his funeral pose another problem for Putin and the leadership in the Kremlin because, as reported, Navalny's funeral could become a mass event, with thousands of people turning out in some kind of demonstration before the elections, where Putin needs to show everyone that everything is under control, that Russia is stable and that his rule is very firm," analysts believe.

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