The Moscow Public Prosecution Service has ordered the direct employees of the detained opposition leader Alexei Navalny to stop all their activities for the time being.
Its organizations and campaign groups must be shut down until a judge decides whether it is an extremist movement. This is what Navalny’s lawyer has said.
Prosecutors want the Navalny campaigners to be labelled as extremist. They do not want them to publish anything on the internet until further notice, not to organize demonstrations and not participate in elections. Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Fund must also cease activities.
The decision was taken during a preliminary court hearing. It is not known when the case about the alleged extremism of the Navalny movement occurs. Navalny has been a leading fighter against corruption and abuse of power for many years. He has made many enemies and has been attacked and persecuted.
He is currently serving a prison sentence for embezzlement that he allegedly committed in 2009. The trial against him was brought when he was able to come to the fore and gain influence thanks to internet politics. Navalny has held a hunger strike in recent weeks but has since started eating again. He protested against inadequate medical supervision in the penal camp where he is staying.