The United States and Britain severely criticized a Russian judge’s decision to label the organization of opposition leader Alexei Navalny as an “extremist”. Navalny himself was detained in prison, and he stated in an Instagram post that he wanted to continue the fight against the Kremlin.
Moscow court announced Navalny’s organization FBK Banned last nightAs a result, members of the movement will no longer be able to participate in the parliamentary elections to be held in Russia in September. Previously, the opposition movement has become impossible in many other ways, but now it is legally equivalent to terrorist organizations such as the Islamic State and Al Qaeda.
Speech by the U.S. State Department In the statement Sternly condemned. It emphasized that the Russian court’s ruling is in line with the model of “increase the suppression of political opponents, civil society and independent media”.
According to the United States, party workers, volunteers, and supporters across Russia are now facing persecution and imprisonment for defending their rights. “One of the few remaining political opposition movements has been convicted for this.”
The statement also called for “the immediate and unconditional release of Navalny.” The Americans pointed out that this is not the first time that a movement deemed a threat by the Kremlin has been labeled as extremist. This happened to Jehovah’s Witnesses in 2017.
Kafka-style attacks on those who stand up against corruption and support an open society.
As President Biden turned his position into a ruling by a Moscow judge, relations between Russia and the United States became more tense. First trip abroad it has started. Biden will meet with President Putin in Switzerland on Wednesday. He is expected to increase the ban on the Navalny organization.
Compared with the United States, Britain’s attitude towards Russia is even more intense.Rab Called decision “Abnormal” and “Kafka-style attacks on those who stand up against corruption and open society”
He also emphasized that keeping Russia’s political opposition silent is part of a model. Raab also called for the immediate release of Navalny and the protesters, reporter People arrested recently. “Russia failed As a member of the international community”.
Navalny himself, through his team, and Statement on Instagram Responded. In it, he announced that he would continue to fight despite the prohibition of his actions. He called on his supporters to continue to support him. “We are evolving. Let us adapt.”
He announced that he would continue to fight for his ideas. “This is our country, we have no other country. Please stay with us. Follow what we do and support us. We really need this support.”
In addition, Navalny lashed out in court. He claimed that the prosecution was corrupt during the trial. “He steals, accepts bribes, and invests money in foreign villas and hotels. He protects Putin and his officials’ right to live like this. They plunder land and live a luxurious life.”
In addition, Navalny called on his supporters to join his smart voting system. The aim is to get as many opponents of United Russia, Putin’s party, elected as possible by voting strategically in elections.
The Russian Parliament must elect a new State Duma by September 19 this year at the latest. In the last election, in 2016, the United Russia Party won about three-quarters of the vote.