A Russian court ordered on Monday that all regional Anti-Corruption Foundation campaign groups, linked to jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, cease their activities, a lawyer for the group said. The court decision follows a request by prosecutors to label Navalny's network of groups as "extremist."
Navalny ally Leonid Volkov said that the ruling forbids the foundation from publishing anything online, taking part in elections and organizing protests. Regional offices later said they had stopped posting information online following the ruling. The Moscow City Court confirmed that the activities of the regional network were suspended. However, it said a final court ruling on whether to definitively class the group as extremist was still due. Germany has condemned the move to suspend the foundation's activities. Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman Steffen Seibert said "using the instruments of fighting terror against politically undesirable opinions is in no way compatible with the principles of the rule of law."
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