The anti-corruption foundation of Russian dissident Alexei Navalny continues to be regarded as extremist and is therefore banned. However, Russian judges rejected the movement’s objection to the negative label imposed in June, the group’s lawyers said.
As a result of the court’s judgment, the foundation and other organizations of the opposition leader Navalny, who was imprisoned in a penal camp, were sidelined.
The verdict comes not unexpectedly amid pressure from Kremlin rulers to curb critical politicians ahead of next month’s parliamentary elections, observers say.
A court had recently restricted the movement of a key ally of Navalny. Lawyer Lyubov Sobol will not be allowed to attend mass rallies for the next 1.5 years and not leave her home between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.
According to her lawyer, she must also stay in Moscow and report to the police three times a month.