“All of us perceive completely that there is no such thing as a extremism in (our) work… The extremism allegation is getting used purely as a pretext for political repression,” Volkov stated.
The Kremlin declined to touch upon the courtroom motion towards Navalny.
Tens of 1000’s of individuals took to the streets throughout Russia final Wednesday in help of Navalny and greater than 1800 have been detained.
Dmitry Oreshkin, a political analyst, stated the authorities had “lastly selected a method for coping with Navalny whereas he’s in jail”.
“The regional construction that he has created with nice effort, loss and expense should be destroyed, all of his folks should be intimidated, probably the most determined should be jailed, and the remaining merely dispersed,” Oreshkin stated.
One supply near the authorities stated the Kremlin now not regarded Navalny as a critical political menace inside Russia regardless of his excessive profile overseas.
“He’ll serve out his full jail sentence,” the supply stated, a reference to a 2-1/2 yr sentence for a conviction that Navalny and his supporters say is politically motivated. “For now, he’s now not an issue.”
Final yr Navalny accused Putin personally of being behind a poison assault with a nerve agent that he managed to outlive. Russian authorities denied any involvement within the assault.
Final week Navalny, 44, stated he would finish a starvation strike after getting medical take care of acute again and leg ache. He had beforehand accused the jail detaining him of denying him correct therapy.
Navalny’s allies nonetheless hope to disrupt parliamentary elections in September with a “good voting” technique wherein they are going to name on Russians to again politicians working towards the ruling United Russia social gathering.
“We’ve the time, the need and the power to restructure our work…and to beat United Russia,” stated Volkov.