Blow for Navalny’s supporters: Russian President Putin has signed a law that will in future exclude “extremist organizations” from voting. Oppositionists are being cracked down on.
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the law on Friday banning “extremist” organizations from voting. The text of the law had already been finally passed by the Russian parliament on Wednesday and has now been published on the official law portal. According to the opposition, it is intended, among other things, to prevent supporters of the imprisoned Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny from participating in the Russian parliamentary elections in September.
Most recently, the Russian authorities had already acted with increasing severity against opposition members. The police searched the homes of several activists on Tuesday after the former head of the disbanded opposition organization Open Russia, Dmitri Gudkov, was taken from an airplane by security forces the day before at the airport in St. Petersburg.