Opposition leader Yulia Navalnaya listed as “terrorist and extremist”

Opposition leader Yulia Navalnaya listed as “terrorist and extremist”
Opposition leader Yulia Navalnaya listed as “terrorist and extremist”

Yulia Navalnaya’s name appears on the list of “terrorists and extremists” held by Rosfinmonitoring, the Russian financial intelligence service, AFP noted on Thursday.

Russia has included exiled opposition figure Yulia Navalnaya, widow of Alexei Navalny who died in prison in February, on the list, two days after issuing an arrest warrant for her. Yulia Navalnaya’s name appears on the list, maintained by Rosfinmonitoring, Russia’s financial intelligence service, AFP noted on Thursday. She was charged Tuesday by the Russian courts with “participation in an extremist group”.

The Russian justice system announced on Tuesday that Ms Navalnaya, who lives abroad, was the subject of an arrest warrant for “participation in an extremist group”His pre-trial detention was ordered in his absence by a Moscow court. “How fast! (…) If they are applying themselves to this extent, it is because Yulia Navalnaya is doing everything right.”joked on X (ex-Twitter) the former spokesperson of Alexei Navalny, Kira Iarmych, also in exile.

Navalny’s organizations had been classified “extremists” and prohibited

Yulia Navalnaya has vowed to take up the torch from her husband, Vladimir Putin’s number one enemy, after his death in unclear circumstances in his Arctic prison in February 2024. She has called on the opponent’s supporters not to lose hope, and regularly denounces Russian power and the fate reserved for dissidents in Russia on social networks.

Navalny’s organizations had been classified “extremists” and banned in 2021 by the Russian courts, and several of its collaborators have since been sentenced to prison terms. The repression in Russia in recent years has thrown almost all major opponents behind bars or forced them to move abroad.

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Thousands of ordinary Russians have also been arrested for protesting or criticizing the military offensive in Ukraine, many of them receiving very harsh sentences.

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