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Navalny's funeral has first person arrested, according to human rights group

At least one person was arrested at the funeral of Russian opponent Alexei Navalny, human rights monitoring group OVD-Info reported this Friday (1st).

Another 22 people were detained when they tried to leave their homes to attend the funeral, according to OVD-Info.

A CNN was unable to independently verify this information and Russian authorities have not released additional information.

Crowds of people gathered at a Moscow church for the funeral of prominent Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny, despite a heavy police presence and the threat of arrest, a team from the CNN on site.

Navalny, Russian President Vladimir Putin's most formidable adversary, died aged 47 in an Arctic prison on February 16, prompting condemnation from world leaders and accusations of murder.

The Kremlin denied any involvement in the death.

Navalny's team encountered difficulties in recovering his body from Russian authorities and hiring a venue for his funeral, which began at 2pm local time (8am Brasília time) this Friday (1st), at the Church of the Icon of the Mother of God in the Maryino district of Moscow, where the Kremlin critic lived.

He was buried at the Borisov Cemetery.

Source: CNN Brasil

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