Russia has shut down organizations set up by dissidents who have been arrested Alexei Navalny judging them as “dangerous”, a name that prevents his followers from making decisions and threatens to spend years in prison.
A Moscow court on Wednesday ruled that Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK) and its international force must be part of Isis and al-Qaeda, which rights activists say are part of the Kremlin’s war effort to end opposition to President Vladimir Putin. parliamentary elections in September.
Navalny, Putin’s most outspoken opponent, was arrested in January and sentenced to two and a half years in prison after returning to Russia after recovering from poisoning, which he said was an assassination attempt by the Kremlin.
“The FBK and Navalny executives are known to be dangerous organizations,” the group said. As a result, their work is banned in Russia, and all who continue to work for them have been threatened with imprisonment. ”
According to FBK readers, Russian diplomats said that Navalny groups, through their efforts and organized protests against the imprisonment of Navalny and Putin, “developed solutions to political and political problems based on their generosity… people on the streets to change government by force ”.
Prosecutors also argued that FBK payments, made to support protesters detained by police and fines, should be regarded as “money for dangerous activities”, indicating that the recipients of the money could be harassed.
The meeting, which lasted more than 12 hours, was held in secret after it was decided that some of the issues being discussed would be kept secret. FBK legal team will oppose the ruling.
It comes just days after Putin signed a law making it illegal for members or sponsors “Dangerous” organizations participation in Russian elections. Anyone who has ever been a member, donated or shared the weapons produced by these organizations has the option of being sentenced to up to six years in prison under Russian law.
The Navalny network, which has offices in several Russian cities, was officially shut down in April pending a court ruling. Participants said they would continue to participate in the risks individually, even after the ruling on Wednesday.
Nets are an important part of Navalny’s campaign in the September election to use what it claims to be a smart voter – a strategy that drives dissatisfied voters to support candidates who can block politicians from the ruling United Russia party.
The government department has criticized the nomination and said it would also prevent opposition from running in the by-elections.
“In doing so, Russia has strongly criticized one of the country’s most independent political parties,” Ned Price, a spokesman for the state department, said. “While what is happening today is very disturbing, it shows that the Russian government continues to fight against political opponents, government agencies, and independent journalists.”
The State Department demanded the immediate release of Navalny, and urged Russia to end its repression.
FBK, founded by Navalny a decade ago, has published a number of studies on the financial fraud perpetrated by Russian government officials.
In January, after Navalny was arrested, it happened published an investigation in what he claims was a $ 1.4bn palace on the Black Sea that was tied to Putin by the oligarchs, which has been viewed 117m on YouTube.
The Kremlin denied any contact between Putin or his family and the royal family and refused to take part in the Navalny poisoning.