Navalny was close to being freed in prisoner swap: ally

Updated February 27 2024 - 5:05am, first published 4:59am
Alexei Navalny's spokeswoman says his team is looking for a venue for a public farewell ceremony. (EPA PHOTO)
Alexei Navalny's spokeswoman says his team is looking for a venue for a public farewell ceremony. (EPA PHOTO)

Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny was close to being freed in a prisoner swap at the time of his death, but President Vladimir Putin could not tolerate the thought of him being released and had him killed, a close ally has claimed.

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