© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Russian opposition leader Navalny attends a rally demanding the release of jailed protesters in Moscow
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Close allies of Alexei Navalny, Russia’s strongest critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, on Sunday pledged to continue their actions despite the prospect of being outlawed with allegations of extremism.
The Moscow Municipal Court is expected to issue a ruling in the next few days at the request of a prosecutor in Moscow to formally ban the backbone of the Navalny political movement – Anti-Corruption Organization (FBK ) – on the grounds that this is an extreme group.
Such a ruling, if it does happen, would give the authorities the legal right to arrest and jail his supporters and block their bank accounts for mere activists. in the organization.
Leonid Volkov, Navalny’s chief of staff, said on Sunday the group will resume its work, including investigations of corruption.
“We are not going to give up,” Volkov said in an online broadcast. Volkov lives in Lithuania.
Navalny was jailed in February for 2-1/2 years on charges he called politically motivated. On Friday, he said he would begin to gradually end the hunger strike after receiving medical attention.
Navalny’s allies have pushed his “smart vote” strategy in favor of politicians outside the United Russia party that backs the Kremlin they believe is well-positioned to beat the candidates. members of the ruling party and urged the Russians to vote for them.
The Russians will vote in the general election in September.
“We have the time, the desire and the power to restructure our work, to get smart voting for elections and defeat United Russia,” said Mr. Volkov.
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