Sunday, June 13

Russian justice disavows the activities of Navalni organizations


Russian opponent Alexei Navalni.

Russian opponent Alexei Navalni.
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The Justice of Russia has imposed this Tuesday Precautionary measures against the Anti-Corruption Foundation of the Russian opponent Alexei Navalni in a series of measures that could lead to the inclusion of the entity in the list of extremist organizations in the country.

“On April 27, the Moscow City Court issued precautionary measures in the form of a ban on certain activities with regard to non-profit organizations,” a spokesman told the Sputnik news agency. The organization had previously been listed as a foreign agent under Russian law. Navalni’s defense, however, has explained that this resolution would entail a ban on interacting with the media, organizing public events, using banking services and participating in elections.

The decision came a day after the Justice ordered the provisional closure of organizations linked to Navalni in response to a complaint that classifies them as “extremists”. The Moscow Prosecutor’s Office maintains that all the aforementioned organizations “are dedicated to creating the premises for political and social destabilization”, which is why they must declare themselves extremists. Such a qualifier would make the work of these NGOs in Russia impossible, their emblems would be banned and activists, rank-and-file militants and even simple donors would be exposed to sanctions. Furthermore, the media could not mention them without recalling their status as extremists.

Currently the list of these types of organizations includes more than 80 associations, some of them religious. Justice preliminarily meets the criteria of the Prosecutor’s Office, which had put the organizations in the spotlight at a key moment due to the growing mobilization of protesters in favor of Navalni, the last of them registered on Wednesday of last week. The opponent is one of the key symbols against Russian President Vladimir Putin, and his popularity has grown as a result of the poisoning suffered in August 2020 and the fact that he was imprisoned after his return to Moscow in January to serve a sentence for fraud handed down in 2014.

The ombudsman defends that her life is not in danger

This same Tuesday, the Russian Ombudsman, Tatiana Moskalkova, defended that the life of the opponent, who has been in prison for months, is not in danger. Thus, you have specified that “the medical documents to which he has had access present conclusions on an absence of danger ” regarding your health and well-being, as reported by the Interfax news agency. The 44-year-old dissident will now be “monitored” daily for a period of time since he left the hunger strike he began to protest against prison conditions.

Navalni has been examined by various specialists outside the prison and the results are, according to Moskalkova, “reliable”. His team, however, have insisted that he could die at any moment in prison. The Russian politician called off the hunger strike last week on medical advice. His intention was also to receive medical treatment for back pain and symptoms of paraesthesia in the extremities. On a phone call on Monday French President Emmanuel Macron expressed to Putin his concern about Navalni’s situation. Russia has been rejecting demands from the EU and the United States to release Navalni.


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