Navalny’s headquarters are closed. The politician himself was prosecuted for the creation of a movement that harms the health of citizens According to this article, “God Kuzya” and the leader of the “Church of the Last Testament” were accused

new criminal case was opened against the politician Alexei Navalny He was instituted back in February, but it became known about him only now. The case involves not only Navalny, but also his associates Ivan Zhdanov and Leonid Volkov, who are abroad. The case is being investigated under  Part 1 of Article 239 of the Criminal Code (the creation of a religious or public association, the activities of which are associated with violence against citizens or otherwise causing harm to their health).

Since 2009, only 14 people have been convicted under Article 239 , writes, citing data from the judicial department of the Supreme Court. Vadim Klyuvgant, partner of the Pen & Paper Bar Association, told the publication that “this is negligible.” “We can say that this is almost an inapplicable norm. In other words, “sleeping”, ”he says. Among those who were previously accused or convicted under Article 239 were the head of the Russian cell of the Aum Sinrike sect Mikhail Ustyantsev, head of the Zeora training center Olga Markelova, leader of the Church of the Last Testament religious community Sergei Torop and  God Kuzya » Andrey Popov.

On April 29, the court considered an appeal against Navalny’s verdict in the  case of “libel against a veteran . ” And rejected it . In February, Navalny was fined 850,000 rubles in this case. The politician’s lawyers asked to cancel the sentence. He himself also took part in the meeting – via video link from the colony. Navalny pointed out many procedural violations in the case, demanded that he be found innocent and immediately released. In his last speech, Navalny said that the country was ruled by a “naked king.”

On April 29, it also became known that the network of Navalny’s regional headquarters, which had been operating since 2017, would cease to exist . After the demand of the Moscow prosecutor’s office to recognize Navalny’s structures as extremist organizations, the headquarters will not be able to function, since this will entail criminal sentences for extremism for everyone who works in them and who helps them, said head of headquarters Leonid Volkov. He added that rebranding the headquarters would not help either.

Most of the headquarters will continue to work as independent regional socio-political movements . “Our headquarters know how to fundraise, they know how to work with supporters, they know how to set tasks themselves – to find problematic topics on the regional agenda, conduct investigations, and support local activists,” Volkov said. He  added that the Smart Voting project will continue its work; Navalny’s team will tell about its format at the autumn elections to the State Duma later.

Navalny’s headquarters stopped activities a few days ago. This happened after the Moscow prosecutor banned the headquarters from organizing rallies, posting materials on the Internet, participating in elections and using bank accounts. The ban came into force before the court ruling on the claim recognizing Navalny’s structures as extremist organizations. The headquarters announced the freezing of their pages on social networks and the termination of accepting donations.

(c)MEDUZA 2021

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