The Moscow Court's ruling to label Alexei Navalny’s organisations as “extremist groups” marks the most serious effort to date by the Russian Government to suppress the independent political opposition and anti-corruption investigations, and to eliminate Navalny’s political networks’ influence ahead of the State Duma elections in September, the EU said in a declaration, issued by HR/VP Josep Borrell.
A Moscow court on Wednesday night outlawed the organisations founded by Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny by labelling them extremist, the latest move in a campaign to bar Kremlin critics from running for parliament in September, AP reported. The Moscow City Court’s ruling, effective immediately, prevents people associated with Navalny’s Foundation for Fighting Corruption and his sprawling regional network from seeking public office.
Russia on Monday targeted nine Canadian officials with sanctions in retaliation to Canada’s restrictions against Russian officials accused of involvement in the imprisonment of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, AP reported.
Thousands of people around Russia joined on Wednesday unauthorised rallies to protest against the detention of jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny, news wires reported. They are calling for Navalny, who has been on hunger strike for weeks, to receive proper medical care. More than 1,000 people were reportedly arrested.
EU foreign ministers agreed on Monday to impose sanctions on four top Russian officials, following the crackdown against Alexei Navalny supporters of the Kremlin critic, diplomatic sources said cited by news agencies. The symbolic response came after France, Germany, Poland and the Baltics urged the Union to sanction the Kremlin.
A Moscow court on Wednesday ordered the arrest of Leonid Volkov, a top ally of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, but Lithuania, where the associate lives, bluntly rejected the demand to take him into custody, AP reported.
An ally of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny on Tuesday announced plans for a new nationwide protest in support of the jailed politician, telling Russians to gather in residential courtyards on Sunday evening and turn on their mobile phone torches, Reuters reported.