Navalny wife’s X account temporarily suspended

Source: The Hill | February 19, 2024 | 02/20/24

The X account of Yulia Navalnaya, the widow of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, was suspended on Tuesday — one day after she pledged to continue her late husband’s fight against corruption in Russia.

“X suspends accounts which violate the X Rules,” a message on Navalnaya’s profile on the platform formerly known as Twitter reads.

About 30 minutes later, according to independent Russian news outlet Mediazona, the account was restored.

While no immediate explanation was given for the account’s suspension, X still faced fierce blowback in the short duration of the suspension.

The Anti-Corruption Foundation, started by Navalny, called on X owner Elon Musk to explain the suspension, in a post Tuesday morning.

“Hey @elonmusk! Please explain exactly which rules were violated by @yulia_navalnaya,” the post read.

“Elon @elonmusk, please restore Yulia Navalny’s account @yulia_navalnaya,” Ivan Zhdanov, director of the foundation also posted on the social media platform.

Others placed the responsibility on Musk, as well.

“[Yulya] navalnaya, widow of alexei navalny, account is suspended,” Ian Bremmer, political scientist and founder of the Eurasia Group, wrote. “[Elon] owns the platform. elon decides the rules.”

On Monday, Navalnaya pledged to continue her husband’s lifelong work and asked his followers to join her in taking up his fight and honoring his legacy.

“By killing Alexei, Putin killed half of me, half of my heart and my soul,” she said in the video, according a translation of the Russian transcript via Google. “But I still have the other half, and it tells me that I have no right to give up.”

“I will continue the work of Alexei Navalny. Continue to fight for our country. And I invite you to stand next to me,” she continued. “To share not only the grief and endless pain that envelops us and does not let go. I ask you to share my rage. Rage and anger towards those who dared to kill our future.”


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