Maltese reaction to Navalny’s death

It is not usual that we report here news of an international nature but the death of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny sent shockwaves around the world.

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In Malta, a commemoration to pay tribute to Navalny was held outside the Russian Embassy in Kappara where flowers, candles and photos were laid. But in scenes reminiscent of what used to happen to the impromptu memorial to Daphne Caruana Galizia in Valletta, these were cleared shortly soon after the protest led by civil society group Repubblika had ended. In a Facebook post, Repubblika president Robert Aquilina stated: “This is the intolerance showed by Vladimir Putin’s regime,” blaming embassy employees for clearing up the area.

However, the dead of Navalny has brought widespread reaction across the political divide in Malta with leaders of both parties offering their condolences to his family. Prime Minister Robert Abela described Navalny as a “staunch champion of democracy” while opposition leader Bernard Grech said that “his fight for democracy and transparency will not be forgotten”.

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Foreign Affairs Minister Ian Borg, who currently chairs the OSCE which also includes Russia, called on the Russian authorities “to provide clarity regarding the circumstances of his death”. Parliament also held a minute’s silence in honour of the Russian opposition leader.

It has also been proposed to rename the street next to the Russian embassy in memory of Navalny. In 2022, there had also been an online campaign to rename the street where the embassy is situated to Ukraine Street.

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By Brian Decelis

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