UN rights office calls on Russia to carry out credible probe into Navalny death

By Thomson Reuters Feb 16, 2024 | 8:59 AM

GENEVA (Reuters) – The U.N. human rights office on Friday urged the Russian authorities to ensure that a credible investigation into the death of opposition leader Alexei Navalny in prison was carried out.

“If someone dies in the custody of the state, the presumption is that the state is responsible – a responsibility that can only be rebutted through an impartial, thorough and transparent investigation carried out by an independent body,” U.N. Human Rights Office spokesperson Liz Throssell said.

“We urge the Russian authorities to ensure such a credible investigation is carried out.”

Russia’s Investigative Committee has launched a procedural probe into the death, the Investigative Committee said.

(Reporting by Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber; Editing by Alison Williams)