No miracle happened in Moscow, a Moscow court on Wednesday declared it an extremist organization and with immediate effect banned organizations linked to Alexei Navalny, who was imprisoned in January and serving two and a half years in prison.
In April, the Russian prosecutor’s office initiated the declaration of the Navalny Tribal Movement, the Anti-Corruption Foundation and its successor, the Foundation for the Protection of Civil Rights, as an extremist organization. The Putin regime’s determination to take such a drastic step was certainly a respectable part of the protests against Navalny’s imprisonment in major Russian cities, but especially in Moscow, despite the police ban and the ban on gatherings due to the coronavirus epidemic. At the same time, as the September parliamentary elections approach, support for the United Russia presidential party in the capital is falling unstoppably, and if opposition politicians can run in the race, they will certainly defeat Putin’s party candidates. But this danger was averted by Wednesday’s decision, with Navalny’s organizations, including all their regional offices, now being treated in the same way as terrorist organizations in Russia, virtually outlawed, deprived of their members and sympathizers of their passive suffrage. Putin’s regime has thus stifled all internal critical voices – including opposition organizations and the opposition press, paving the way for a united Russia in the September vote. According to the prosecution’s indictment, which is the basis of the verdict, the aim of the Navalny organizations is to “create the conditions for changing the foundations of the constitutional order”, using, among other things, the scenario of “color revolutions”. President Putin is notoriously terrified of revolutions for democratic change called “color,” and has intervened in every former Soviet republic where it has taken place. The international community reacted immediately to another anti-democratic move by the Putin regime. The deliberate government’s attempt to suppress the independent opposition, the exclusion of Navalny’s political network from the electoral competition, is further evidence of the systematic repression of human rights guaranteed by the Russian Constitution, underlined Josep Borrell, the European Union’s High Commissioner for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. The head of EU diplomacy called on Moscow to honor its international commitments to the Council of Europe and the OSCE, to release immediately and unconditionally the Kremlin’s best-known opponent, Alexei Navalny. British foreign affairs called it a perversion to declare extremist organizations linked to Navalny. “Another attack on Kafka has hit those who stand up for corruption and for an open society,” Dominic Raab said in a statement. U.S. Foreign Spokesman Ned Price, who called for the immediate and unconditional release of Navalny, like the head of EU diplomacy, called the decision in Moscow “particularly worrying”. Foreign spokeswoman Maria Zaharova, above all in response to criticism from the United States, told Lost Russian Radio that Navalny was a CIA man, an opposition politician apparently controlled from the US, supported politically and “otherwise”. The clearest evidence of this, according to a foreign spokesman, is that barely two hours after the Moscow court ruling, the Americans have already issued a condemnation statement, and behind their “zeal” is that they have been sensitive to the issue. Navalny, who is serving his prison sentence, also spoke. According to the best-known Russian opposition politician, the intention to exclude his organizations from the autumn election competition, to eliminate competition from the ruling United Russia party, is clearly behind the classification of his organizations as extreme. He told Instagram that his team will continue to fight corruption in the face of new circumstances, for fair courts and equality before the law, and will not be allowed to go out of their goals and ideals.
Source: Népszava by nepszava.hu.
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