Fact Check: Yulia Navalnaya Did NOT Attend The Oscars Right After Alexei Navalny's Death

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Fact Check: Yulia Navalnaya Did NOT Attend The Oscars Right After Alexei Navalny's Death 2023 Oscars

Did the wife of prominent Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, Yulia, appear at the Oscars ceremony on the day of Navalny's death? No, that's not true: The photo of Yulia Navalnaya wearing a red dress along with her children was taken at the Oscars Award ceremony in 2023.

The claim originated from a TikTok video (archived here) published by news_world_0 (archived here) on February 21, 2024, with an audio track translated into English from Russian by Lead Stories staff that says:

In the first hour after his (Alexei Navalny's) death, announcements are made by the European Union, Biden, the European Committee and Zelenskyy, while his wife speaks at the Munich Security Conference. She is introduced to Tsikhanouskaya, and later she is seen at the Oscars ceremony. As one can see, not a tear had dropped, no black colors, mourning, but she is present at a dinner party wearing an evening dress.

This is what the post looked like on TikTok at the time of writing:

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(Source: TikTok screenshot taken on Tue Mar 5 06:56:01 2024 UTC)

The TikTok video shares an excerpt of a TV show called "Amusing Political Science," hosted by Andrei Lazutkin, which aired on Belarusian TV channel CTV and was posted on CTV's YouTube channel on February 20, 2024 (archived here).

The news of Alexei Navalny's death appeared on February 16, 2024 (archived here). The annual Munich Security Conference began on the same day, February 16, 2024, when Yulia Navalnaya was invited as a speaker (archived here). However, Navalny's wife did not make an appearance at the 2024 Oscars Award ceremony, as the event is scheduled to be held on March 10, 2024 (archived here).

The picture of Yulia Navalnaya wearing a red evening gown and standing next to her children was taken at the Oscars ceremony in 2023, when the film 'Navalny' by Canadian film director Daniel Roher, received the Academy Award for Best Documentary (archived here).


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