The EU has denounced that the new law signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin preventing people with links to so-called “terrorist organizations” from running in the elections will “further restrict political pluralism in the country”.
According to the European Union, this law is “another instrument against critical and oppositional voices”, which was also passed before the State Duma elections.
The new legislation, as well as the “Foreign Agents” and “Unwanted Organizations” laws, “reinforce systematic repression against democracy, human rights and freedoms”, while fearing that the law has “retroactive force”.
In this context, the European Union issued a statement urging the Russian authorities to repeal this law and adapt Russian legislation to the obligations that Russia has entered into under European and international human rights law, including the European Convention on Human Rights.
This Friday, prior to attending the International Economic Forum in St. Petersburg, Putin signed the law prohibiting members or persons affiliated with “extremist organizations” – a designation granted by the authorities – from running for public office. A measure that affects the imprisoned opponent Alexei Nawalni, one of the biggest oppositionists against the Russian president.