With Navalny in jail, Russia cracks down on his movement

With Navalny in jail, Russia cracks down on his movement

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Islam News – Prosecutors in President Vladimir Putin’s government ordered an immediate halt to all public activity by Aleksei Navalny’s political groups, one of the most drastic and direct actions against the opposition in recent memory.

The order prohibits Mr. Navalny’s nongovernmental organizations from posting information on the internet, calling for any public protests or organizing referendums. Previously, Mr. Navalny was targeted on pretexts, but the order issued on Monday directly prohibits what are usually seen as political activities. Officials said the activities were illegal because they were “extremist” in nature.

Mr. Navalny’s foundation started 10 years ago and has since targeted high-ranking Russian officials with exposes on corruption, according to The Associated Press. Mr. Navalny also set up a network of political offices in dozens of Russian regions where he was campaigning against Mr. Putin.

Source: The New York Times