March 05, 2024

Thousands Turn Out for Navalny's Funeral


Thousands Turn Out for Navalny's Funeral
A crowd of mourners bearing flowers at Alexei Navalny's funeral.  Прикли, CC BY 4.0, Wikimedia Commons

Funeral services were held for Alexei Navalny on March 1 in Moscow and drew thousands of Russians and international guests.

The funeral was held in the Church of the Icon of the Mother of God, in the Maryino district, Navalny's former neighborhood. After the services, Navalny was buried in the nearby Borisovskoye Cemetery. The church service was attended only by relatives and friends, but thousands made the journey to the cemetery to pay tribute to the fallen opposition leader

People holding bouquets and signs depicting Navalny lined the streets on the way to Borisovskoye Cemetery. Even an hour before the funeral, the line of mourners stretched over a kilometer from the church. The service itself was brief, only twenty minutes, before the coffin was closed and loaded into a hearse. Mourners threw flowers at the hearse as it drove, with shouts of "Thank you!" and "Heroes never die!" 

At the cemetery, Navalny was lowered into his grave while Frank Sinatra's "My Way" was played. The cemetery service also featured the soundtrack from Terminator 2, one of Navalny's favorite films. 

Many mourners wore face masks or otherwise obscured their identities. At least 45 people were arrested in various Russian cities in connection with memorials for Navalny. 

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