Employees and supporters of the imprisoned Kremlin opponent Alexei Navalny will no longer be able to stand as candidates in elections in Russia.
This is evident from a new bill from United Russia, the party of President Vladimir Putin.
Under the bill, supporters or members of movements labelled as extremist or terrorist will be banned from participating in all elections.
Until now, the law would only apply to parliamentary elections – the next ones are scheduled for September. But now, some adjustments have been made, making the law applicable to any election across the country, state news agency Tass reports.
The opposition has already expressed dismay that United Russia’s only aim is to secure long-term power. In regional elections, Navalny supporters recently managed to have some successes.
Recently, a court in Moscow also decided to classify the Navalny Anti-Corruption Foundation as an extremist. After all, the organization is bringing to light ever-greater cases of corruption, personal enrichment and abuse of office at the top of the Russian regime.
However, it is the whistleblowers who are being tried, not the politicians and officials mentioned.