The organizations of imprisoned Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny are no longer allowed to be active, his team reports. The director of the Navalny Anti-Corruption Foundation, Ivan Zhdanov, said that a Moscow court imposed a ban on work.
The Moscow Public Prosecution Office wants to classify the organizations as “extremist”. Until a decision is made on this request, the employment ban shall apply. A lawsuit can permanently ban the activities of organizations. The opposition accuses the Kremlin of using justice as a tool to destroy everything Navalny and his movement have built.
According to the allegation, the movement is working to destabilize the social and political situation in the country. The organization will also call for “extremist activities for mass disturbances, including attempts to entrap minors in illegal acts.” The organizations are accused of acting on behalf of foreign countries to carry out “acts of sabotage against Russia.” The goal will be to bring about a revolution and topple the apparatus of power of President Vladimir Putin.
Last weekend, Navalny ended his hunger strike after three weeks. Doctors urged him to eat again, fearing for his life. The defector had been sentenced to prison in a criminal camp in early February for violating the terms of his conditional release in a previous conviction. Admittedly, he was unable to comply with those conditions as he was recovering from an attempted poisoning in Germany. Navalny accused Putin of being behind the poisoning and said his imprisonment was a personal revenge for surviving the attack.
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