Case materials on recognizing Navalny’s organizations as extremist declared state secret

In Russia, the materials of the case on the recognition of the structures of politician Alexei Navalny – the “Anti-Corruption Fund ” , the  “Fund for the Protection of Citizens’ Rights”  and the public movement “Navalny’s Headquarters” – were classified as extremist organizations. This was announced by the director of the FBK Ivan Zhdanov with reference to the materials of the Moscow City Court.

In his telegram channel, he  wrote that the FBK lawyer came to court to get acquainted with the case materials, but the judge’s secretary refused to provide them, citing the fact that they constituted a state secret. It will be possible to get acquainted with them only on April 26, the day of the court session.

Zhdanov also posted on Twitter a copy of the Moscow City Court’s ruling. It says that the participants in the case on the recognition of Navalny’s structures as extremist organizations can familiarize themselves with the case materials in the special section of the court and must register for this access to state secrets.

On April 16, the Moscow prosecutor’s office filed a lawsuit with the Moscow City Court for recognition of the extremist organizations associated with Alexei Navalny. On April 19, the Moscow City Court registered the claim. It will begin to be considered on April 26.

FBK was included in the list of “foreign agents” in October 2019. In July 2020, FBK changed its legal entity to the Foundation for the Protection of Citizens’ Rights, but remained as a brand.

On April 18, Navalny’s associates  announced  a rally in support of the politician. On April 19, he himself was taken from the Vladimir colony to the hospital for convicts. Earlier, Navalny’s doctors announced a “sharply negative” dynamics of his tests. The politician has been on hunger strike since March 31.

(C)MEDUZA 2021

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