A few months before the legislative elections, a law prohibiting collaborators of “extremist” organizations from participating in the elections was adopted on Wednesday by Russian senators, a measure criticized by the opposition.
The Council of the Federation (upper house) adopted by 146 votes “for” this bill already validated by the deputies. It must now be signed by President Vladimir Putin to enter into force.
The opponent’s regional offices classified as “extremists”
This text is widely considered by critics of the Kremlin as targeting the supporters of the imprisoned opponent Alexeï Navalny, the prosecution having asked the justice to classify its organizations as “extremists”, just like ultra-nationalist and religious groups. .
The prosecutor maintains that Navalny’s movement seeks to “destabilize the social situation” in Russia “under the guise of liberal slogans”. The outcome of this procedure leaves little doubt: the opponent’s network of regional offices has already been classified as “extremist” by the financial supervisory services.
Opponents searched and arrested
According to the opposition, the government is trying to clean up before the legislative elections in September while the Kremlin party, United Russia, is in decline in the polls in a context of economic stagnation and multiple corruption scandals.
Several critics of Russian power have been targeted by searches in recent days, and two personalities, Andrei Pivovarov and Dmitry Gudkov, have been arrested in connection with various investigations.