His widow Alexei Navalny claimed on Monday that the leader of the Russian opposition was poisoned with the nerve agent Novichok, and how Russia hides his body for third day after his death.

Yulia Navalnaya accused the Russian authorities of hiding his bodybecause they wait to disappear from his body first traces of Novichok in order to deliver her.

He also vowed to name the killerhis and to continue his work. “I know why Putin ordered the killing,” he said.

“By killing Alexei, Putin killed half of me, half my heart and half my soul,” he continued. “But I still have the other half and that tells me I have no right to give up. I will continue Alexei’s work, I will continue to fight for our country.”

Navalny, who was the bigger than Vladimir Putin’s political rivalshad been imprisoned since returning to Moscow after recovering in Germany from nerve agent poisoning in 2021.

He died in an Arctic Circle penal colony on Fridaywith Russian authorities saying he collapsed after taking a ride.

A motorcade, believed to be carrying the body of the Russian opposition leader from the penal colony where he was kept serving a 19-year sentencecaptured on video.

A van believed to be carrying the body was seen overnightFriday 16 to Saturday 17 February, accompanied by prison vehicles and two police patrol cars.

A motorcade car can be seen without markings – possibly a security service vehicle of the notorious FSB (Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation).

Navalny’s motherLyudmila, 69, and his lawyer arrived at the prison on Saturday morning looking for the body, but with no luck.

The group of the dissident in the morning announced that Lyudmila she has no access to her son’s body, three days after he died because the inquest into his death “has been extended”.

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“It is not known how long (the investigation) will continue. The cause of death remains undetermined” was the claim of the Russian authorities.

“They lie, they play for time and they don’t even hide it”Alexei Navalny’s representative, Kira Yarmish, commented on X.

On his part, Ivan Zhdanov, head of his anti-corruption campaign, called Russian prisons “immoral liars and lackeys” of Vladimir Putinaccusing them of trying to buy time to hide evidence of Navalny’s murder.

The Russian dissident’s mother arrived at the penal colony already on Saturday.

Navalny, 47, died on Friday after, according to Russian prison authorities, “felt sick” after a walk.