Navalny Network Added to Extremist List

Russia has added the political network of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny to its list of terrorist and extremist organizations, on Friday. 

The country’s financial monitoring agency Rosfinmonitoring added Navalny’s regional offices on Friday as the network disbanded on Thursday ahead of the move. 

Navalny’s network supports his Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK), investigating officials under President Vladimir Putin’s administration. 

The network is now among groups such as the ISIL and Al-Qaeda who are banned in Russia, as members and supporters of the network may face multiple prison sentences if they continue their work.

Authorities have also arrested lawyer Ivan Pavlov, who was defending the FBK on extremism charges. 

“Ivan Pavlov has been detained, searches are underway. The FSB (Federal Security Service) is working,” said his colleague lawyer Evgeny Smirnov on Facebook. 

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