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Alexeï Navalny's widow will meet Justin Trudeau and Mélanie Joly on Tuesday in Ottawa

Photo: Christoph Gollnow dpa via Associated Press Yulia Navalnaya walks in front of a portrait of her late husband, Alexei Navalny, during a ceremony to mark the former Russian opponent's birthday on June 4 in Berlin.

The Canadian Press in Ottawa

Published yesterday at 7:01 p.m. Updated yesterday at 7:06 p.m.

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The widow of former Russian political opponent Alexeï Navalny is expected to meet Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly in Ottawa on Tuesday.

The visit of Yulia Navalnaya comes four months after the death of her husband in a Russian prison, while she is committed to continuing her work.

Alexeï Navalny was considered the enemy the fiercest of Russian President Vladimir Putin and ran for office to fight corruption in the government.

He was repeatedly harassed, attacked with chemicals and poisoned with nerve agents, before being imprisoned.

After his death in February, Justin Trudeau accused Vladimir Putin of having the political dissident executed to stifle a voice of the opposition.

Mélanie Joly will meet Ms. Navalnaya in Ottawa on Tuesday afternoon, and they are expected to discuss human rights in Russia and the risks facing political dissidents. Yulia Navalnaya is also expected to meet the Canadian Prime Minister.

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Canada summoned the Russian ambassador to reprimand him following the death of Alexei Navalny in February, and the federal government sanctioned some Russian officials linked to the death.

A statement published by the Russian Embassy on the social network to have played any role in the death of the opposition leader and said he died while walking in the penal colony above the Arctic Circle, where he was serving a 19-year prison sentence.

The Russian Embassy has not yet issued any statement regarding Ms. Navalnaya's visit to Canada.

Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116