Navalny organizations officially banned in Russia

(Moscow) The organizations of the imprisoned opponent Alexei Navalny, labeled “extremists” by Russian courts in June, were officially added to the list of organizations banned in Russia on Friday.

Posted on 8/6/2021 11:18 AM

According to this list, published on Friday on the website of the Russian Ministry of Justice, the Anti-Corruption Fund (FBK) of Mr Navalny and its regional offices, in particular affiliated with the Jehovah’s Witnesses movement, the Russian National Bolshevik Party or another religious group, have called themselves the Order of the Devil.

The Anti-Corruption Fund (FBK) is known for its thorough investigation into the lifestyle and embezzlement of Russian elites, while Navalny’s regional offices organize protests and election campaigns.

In early June, a Moscow court classified these organizations as “extremist” and ruled that they had “voluntarily disseminated information inciting hatred and hostility towards the representatives of power” and had also committed “extremist crimes and criminal offenses”.

This decision came after months of repression against the Russian opposition, characterized by the transfer of Alexei Navalny, 45, to a penal colony, the exile of several leaders of his movement and measures against the press, independent and other critical voices.

At the end of July, the Russian Internet gendarme Roskomnadzor announced that it wanted to block accounts in social networks that are linked to Mr Navalny and from which several dozen sites have already been blocked.

Allies of the opponent criticize these measures as intended to hamper the activities of the opposition in the run-up to the parliamentary elections in September against the background of the growing unpopularity of the ruling party United Russia.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, parliamentary elections will take place on three days from September 17th to 19th.

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