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Russian judge ban on Extremist Organisation

The well-known anti-corruption FBK foundation of the detained Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny is extremist and therefore illegal. That’s what a judge ruled in Russia Wednesday. Prosecutors had called for action against Navalny’s key political network, saying the group was plotting an uprising backed by the West.

The case against the foundation was heard behind closed doors. It was already expected that the organisation would be labelled extremist.

The FBK had recently disbanded. This is to prevent employees from being prosecuted. The foundation regularly published about (alleged) corruption in all layers of government.

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Banning the FBK as an extremist has a political background, observers say. In the run-up to parliamentary elections in September, parliament passed legislation banning members and sponsors of extremist-labelled groups from taking part in the ballot. This should prevent the opposition from having a chance of defeating the now very unpopular ruling United Russia party

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