A Moscow court has described and banned three organizations linked to Alexei Navalny’s opposition politicians, the MTI reported. The Navalny Tribal Movement, the Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK) and its successor, the Foundation for the Protection of Civil Rights (FZPG), have been accused by the Moscow prosecutor’s office of creating the conditions for changing the foundations of the constitutional order.
Members of the organizations will lose their right to vote for years under an amendment to the law that came into force last week, and will not be able to run as candidates, for example, in the parliamentary elections in September. If the groups continue to operate or fund, participants will be prosecuted.
The trial took place behind closed doors for more than 12 hours. The reason for encrypting the lawsuit is that the prosecution said the materials contained state secrets. Lawyer Vladimir Voronin said the organizations are appealing the verdict.
Navalny after the verdict is Instagram said his team would adapt to the circumstances and continue to fight corruption, as well as for fair courts and equality before the law. He wrote:
We do not let go of our goals and ideals. This is our country, there is no other.
Timing the day of the declaration of extremist organizations linked to Navalny, the Russian opposition portal The Insider and the Bellingcat international journalism team claimed in an article that Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) men had attempted a similarly unsuccessful poisoning attempt in 2019 against Dmitry Bmitry. , as in August last year in the case of Navalny.
Josep Borrell, the European Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, described the decision of the Moscow court as the most serious step taken by the Russian leadership to suppress independent political opposition and the fight against corruption. According to him, the court ruled unfounded and aimed to eliminate the political influence of Navalny-affiliated organizations before the September parliamentary elections.
The decision is another example of the leadership trampling on human and Russian constitutional freedoms.
Said Josep Borrell. He urged the Russian government to honor its international obligations and commitments in the Council of Europe and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). Fcalled for the immediate and unconditional release of Navalny and recalled that the Russian authorities must take responsibility for the safety and physical integrity of the opposition politician.