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- Russia has ordered the community of activists supporting critic Alexei Navalny to stop actions.
- This as a court docket opinions a request to outlaw them, in response to the teams.
- Navalny is an outspoken critic of the Kremlin and Vladimir Putin.
Russia on Monday ordered jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny’s community of regional activist teams to cease their actions as a court docket opinions a request to outlaw them and his Anti-Corruption Basis, representatives of the teams mentioned.
Moscow’s state prosecutors have requested the court docket to label the teams “extremist”, a step that might successfully pressure the activist community arrange by President Vladimir Putin’s most high-profile opponent to cease campaigning and push them underground.
At a preliminary listening to on Monday, prosecutors requested the Moscow court docket to ban the teams from participating in elections, organising protests or publishing something on-line, mentioned Leonid Volkov, an affiliate of Navalny.
A court docket ruling that the teams are “extremist” would give Russian authorities the authorized energy at hand down jail phrases to activists and freeze the teams’ financial institution accounts.
Navalny’s regional marketing campaign workplaces, which he started opening in 2017 as he introduced a bid for the presidency earlier than he was barred from standing election, mentioned they might cease posting something on social media and have been suspending operations.
“Sadly, we are able to now not work within the previous format. It is not secure for employees and our supporters,” mentioned his group in St Petersburg. Related messages have been posted by a number of others.
The hearings are being held behind closed doorways as authorities have labeled a number of the case particulars, mentioned lawyer Ivan Pavlov, whose authorized workforce is dealing with the case. The subsequent listening to is due on Thursday.
“All of us perceive completely that there isn’t a extremism in (our) work…The extremism allegation is getting used purely as a pretext for political repression,” Volkov mentioned.
The prosecutor has accused Navalny’s teams of plotting to destabilise the political scenario and dealing to advertise a well-liked revolution.
The Kremlin declined to touch upon the motion in opposition to Navalny on Monday.
Navalny was jailed in February for 2-1/2 years for parole violations on an earlier conviction that he known as politically motivated. On Friday, he mentioned he would begin regularly ending a starvation strike after getting medical care.
Regardless of his jailing and the extremism case, Navalny’s allies hope to disrupt parliamentary elections in September with a “good voting” technique by which they’ll name on Russians to again politicians operating in opposition to the ruling United Russia get together.
“We’ve got time, need and energy to restructure our work…and to beat United Russia,” mentioned Volkov.
Tens of 1000’s of individuals took to the streets throughout Russia on Wednesday in help of Navalny and greater than 1 800 have been detained.