Russia: Senators Adopt “Extremist” Bill That Would Bar Critics From Polls

Source: International Business Times

“Russia’s upper house on Wednesday overwhelmingly backed legislation expected to be used to ban allies of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny from running in elections, the latest move in a crackdown on the opposition. The bill, overwhelmingly approved by the Federation Council, would make it impossible to run in parliamentary elections for leaders, sponsors and rank-and-file members of ‘extremist’ groups. A Russian court is considering whether to designate Navalny’s political network an extremist organisation …. The bill, which has already been backed by parliament’s lower house, can affect not only senior members and activists of Navalny’s political network but tens of thousands of Russians who supported its work with donations. Leaders of such groups will not be able to run in parliamentary elections for five years while members and those who helped finance their work will be banned from running for three years.” (06/02/21)