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Wed May 5, 2021, 04:31 PM

'Fascist' Russia bill could bar up to 200,000 Alexei Navalny supporters from running for parliament

A group of Russian lawmakers have introduced a bill that could ban anyone who has worked for Alexei Navalny or even made a donation to his foundation from running for parliament, with one critic describing it as “genuine fascism”.

The move comes on the heels of a sweeping Kremlin crackdown against Mr Navalny, Russia’s most prominent opposition politician, and his allies ahead of national elections this September.

Russian prosecutors last month filed a lawsuit asking the court to designate Mr Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation as an extremist organisation, potentially exposing 200 employees and thousands of donors to stiff fines and prison sentences.

A court has yet to make a ruling on that lawsuit but a separate injunction has already suspended the foundation’s activities.


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