Russia orders Navalny network to suspend activities

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Moscow

Russian prosecutors on Tuesday suspended the activities of Alexei Navalny’s regional offices, in a move his team said would essentially shut down the jailed opposition figure’s decade-long movement against President Vladimir Putin.

The order came as a court began considering whether to designate Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK) and his regional offices as extremist organisations, putting them on par with the militant Islamic State group and Al Qaeda and banning them in Russia.

FBK published screenshots of a decision by the Moscow prosecutor’s office ordering Navalny’s nationwide network to stop working while the court deliberated the extremist designations.

“This is a huge blow to all of us,” Navalny’s team posted on Instagram, saying regional offices would stop operations immediately.—AFP

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