A Russian court in Moscow has banned the political organization of Alexei Navalny, a critic of President Vladimir Putin.
He also described the organization as “extremist”.
Anyone working for the organization could now face a prison sentence, and anyone who supports Navalny’s political network could be banned from holding public office.
After the court’s decision, he wrote on social media that he would not back down. However he acknowledged that their numbers were not enough to defeat President Conte’s government.
Navalny is currently in prison. He is accused of not complying with the conditions set in the fraud case. However, Navalny said the allegations were politically motivated.
Russia is holding parliamentary elections next September. Polls show that the ruling party is losing faith. Some Navalny supporters are preparing to run in the election.
A court order issued on Wednesday banned Navalny’s regional network office and his anti-corruption body.
A spokesman for the court, Alexei Javyarov, said: “The organization has been found to be spreading hatred and animosity only by disseminating information against government officials.”
Navalny’s lawyer said he would appeal the court’s order.