Russian court bans Alexei Navalny’s organization

A Russian court late Wednesday night labeled Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny’s political organization “extremist,” effectively banning the movement’s activities.

The decision, which was widely expected after Russian prosecutors suspended the political organization’s activities in April, will prevent Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK) from operating and effectively stop his allies from running in elections. It comes after Russian President Vladimir Putin earlier this month signed legislation that will ban those associated with extremist groups from running for office for between three to five years. Russians are set to vote in parliamentary elections this fall.

“Tonight, a court in Moscow recognized the FBK and Navalny’s headquarters network as extremist organizations,” a post

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