The movement supporting jailed opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been forced to discontinue its official activities. At the behest of a state prosecutor a court in Moscow ordered Navalny's Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK) to suspend its work, and the state prosecutors ordered Navalny's network of regional offices to do the same. According to a lawsuit the contents of which are largely unknown, the two organisations are to be classified as extremist and banned. Commentators are appalled, and not just in Russia.
Tens of thousands of people took to the streets on Wednesday to show solidarity with the imprisoned and
Putin critic Alexei Navalny has gone on a hunger strike to protest the prison authorities' refusal to give him access to adequate medical treatment. His
The human rights organisation Amnesty International (AI) has stripped Putin critic Alexei Navalny of his non-violent 'prisoner of conscience' status following complaints about comments he had made in the past. AI was referring to discriminatory statements made by Navalny more than ten years ago against migrants and certain regions and countries which he has never retracted. Whom does Amnesty's decision hurt most?
At a meeting in Brussels the foreign ministers of EU states introduced
A Moscow court has sentenced Alexei Navalny to two years and eight months in a prison colony for violating parole from a 2014 sentence. The European Court of Human Rights had already ruled that Navalny's 2014 conviction was "arbitrary" in 2017. Europe's press sees Russia increasingly isolating itself with this verdict that was clearly politically motivated - and examines what can be done to help Navalny now.
For the second weekend in a row, tens of thousands have demonstrated in Russia against Navalny's imprisonment, corruption and the absence of the rule of law. The security forces have cracked down brutally on the demonstrations, arresting over 5,000 people across the country. While some commentators believe the protests will fizzle out, others see signs of a turning point.
"Putin's palace" is still very much a hot topic. Last week,