A Moscow court on Wednesday declared the Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK) to be an extremist organization, the NGO founded by the opposition party Alexei Navalni, which has also been classified as a foreign agent, thereby banning its activities within Russia.
In addition to the FBK, the court has imposed the same restrictive measures against another NGO affiliated with Navalni, the Foundation for the Defense of Civil Rights (FZPG), which is classified as a foreign agent, as well as the other offices that the opponents have used in some regions of the country.
In late April, the Russian authorities added the Navalni regional offices – Shtabi Navalnogo – to their list of extremist organizations, which coincided with the closure of most of them to avoid future judicial persecution of their workers.
“The decision to discontinue the activities of these organizations must be carried out immediately,” said the Russian news agency Sputnik.
During the closed-door trial after some of the summary documents were classified as secret, prosecutors indicated that these Nawalni-affiliated organizations intend to influence the social and political situation in Russia through a “color revolution” scenario “to destabilize. .
The FBK’s defense, for its part, has applied for an appeal against the judgment. The prosecution has accused this organization and the FZPG of promoting the destabilization of constitutional values as part of increasing repression against Navalni’s environment, who was jailed abroad after being poisoned in August 2020.