This makes their election more difficult: the Russian parliament has passed a law that excludes supporters of the Kremlin critic Navalny from elections – and is also showing severity in other areas.
The Russian parliament has passed a law that, according to the opposition, should prevent supporters of the imprisoned Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny from participating in the parliamentary elections in September. The members of the upper house in Moscow voted almost unanimously on Wednesday for the possibility of certain candidates being excluded from all elections for working with “extremist and terrorist” organizations. The law has yet to be signed by President Vladimir Putin before it comes into force.
The public prosecutor’s office recently applied for a court order to classify support organizations of the oppositionist Navalny as “extremist”. She justified this with the fact that they aimed to destabilize the “social situation” in Russia “under the guise of liberal slogans”.
Arrests and searches
It is almost certain that the prosecutor’s request will be granted. The network of regional offices of the opposition party had already been classified as “extremist” by the financial regulator. Nawalny’s team sees this as the Kremlin’s endeavor to eliminate the opposition in the face of growing dissatisfaction among the population due to economic stagnation and several corruption scandals.
Most recently, the Russian authorities had already acted with increasing severity against members of the opposition. 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 St. Petersburg airport.
On Monday evening, the Russian police had already taken opposition Andrei Piwowarow off the plane shortly before his flight to Warsaw. Piwowarow is the former head of Open Russia. The organization disbanded itself last week due to mounting pressure from Russian authorities. According to his supporters, a court ruled on Wednesday a two-month pre-trial detention against the 39-year-old.