The Moscow City Court, at the request of the prosecutor’s office, restricted the work of the Anti-Corruption Fund* (FBK*) in the framework of a claim to recognize the organization as extremist, the press service of the court told RIA Novosti.
“A judge of the Moscow City Court considered the plaintiff’s petition to take preliminary protection measures. On April 27, a judge of the Moscow City Court issued a ruling on the application of preliminary protection measures in the form of a ban on certain actions against non-profit organizations FBK*, FZPG*,” said the agency’s interlocutor.
As the defense of the defendants explained to the agency earlier, such a measure temporarily prohibits NPOs from interacting with the media, organizing public events, using banks, and participating in elections.
On the eve it became known that the prosecutor’s office suspended the activities of the public movement “Navalny’s Headquarters”. Suspension of activity is an interim measure within the framework of a claim for the recognition of the above organizations as extremist.
A lawsuit filed by the Moscow prosecutor’s office against FBK*, the non-profit organization Fund for the Protection of Citizens’ Rights* and the public movement Navalny’s Headquarters. The press service of the department indicated that “these organizations are engaged in creating conditions for the destabilization of the social and socio-political situation,” in connection with which they should be recognized as extremist.
According to experts interviewed by RIA Novosti, the extremist status will make the work of these NGOs in Russia impossible, all symbols will be banned, and the media, when mentioning such organizations, will have to emphasize that they are prohibited. In this case, criminal liability will threaten both the organizers of NGOs and ordinary participants and donors.
Now the list of banned extremist organizations (the register is maintained by the Ministry of Justice) includes more than 80 associations of public and religious persuasion.
* Organizations performing functions of foreign agents in Russia