Sullivan calls Putin’s order for Navalny’s private funeral ‘sign of weakness’

National security adviser Jake Sullivan suggested Russian President Vladimir Putin appeared weak when his administration ordered that his late political opponent have a private funeral.

Sullivan appeared on State of the Union Sunday to respond to the news that Alexi Navalny’s body had been returned to his mother. Before being reunited with the body, Navalny’s mother was pressured to only hold a private funeral for her son. A public mourning would likely draw huge crowds as protesters have already taken to the streets amid the news of his death.

“What I’ve been struck by is the commentary in the United States that the death of Alexei Navalny has some great show of strength by Vladimir Putin when in fact, the very idea that he had to lock this guy up,
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