Banning of Russian opposition leader Alexi Navalny’s group is ‘perverse,’ Dominic Raab says

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Alexei Navalny (REUTERS)
Alexei Navalny (REUTERS)

Dominic Raab has condemned a Russian court’s decision to outlaw an organisation founded by opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

The decision is being seen as the latest move in a campaign by the authorities in Moscow to silence dissent and bar critics of Vladimir Putin from running for parliament in September.

The ruling prevents people associated with Mr Navalny’s anti-corruption foundation from seeking public office.

Foreign Secretary Mr Raab said: “Today’s ruling that the anti-corruption foundation FBK is an extremist organisation is perverse.

“It is another Kafka-esque attack on those standing up against corruption and for open societies, and is a deliberate attempt effectively outlaw genuine political opposition in Russia.”

Dominic Raab (PA Wire)
Dominic Raab (PA Wire)

Mr Navalny was arrested in January after recovering from a nerve agent poisoning that he blames on the Kremlin - a claim denied by Russia .

He was sentenced to two-and-a-half year prison term in February for violating the terms of a suspended sentence for an embezzlement conviction that he dismissed as politically motivated.

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