A bill prohibiting people involved in organizations classified as “extremist” from being elected deputies, a text targeting supporters of the opponent Alexeï Navalny, will be examined by the Duma, the lower house of the Russian Parliament.
“The first reading will take place on May 18. It is important not to delay it. We are counting on the support of our colleagues so that the new rules will work before the next legislative elections ”in September, MP Vassili Piskarev said on the Telegram channel of the committee responsible for interference in internal affairs.
Self-dissolution of the offices of Alexeï Navalny
The text will have retroactive application. It targets anyone who has held a position of responsibility in an organization up to three years before being qualified as an “extremist”. The deadline is one year for activists. The proposal was developed while the Russian justice examines on May 17 a request from the prosecution for the network of regional offices and the Anti-Corruption Fund (FBK) of Alexey Navalny to be qualified as “extremists”. The opponent, imprisoned since January, intended to present his candidates for the legislative elections in September or to support those of other formations most able to beat the representatives of the Kremlin party.
If its organizations were classified as extremists they would be de facto banned and their members threatened with prison sentences. In response, Alexey Navalny’s regional offices in Russia announced their self-dissolution at the end of April. This network had already been added at the end of April to a list of “extremist and terrorist” organizations of the Russian financial intelligence service. This list also includes hundreds of Russian and foreign organizations and personalities, including the jihadist groups Al-Qaeda and Islamic State.