Registration of Kremlin critics Navalny’s Party annulled

Russian Ministry of Justice cancels registration of Alexei Navalny’s Party of Progress, which places among narrow opposition of President Vladimir Putin’s incumbent United Russia Party

Updated Jul 28, 2015

The Justice Ministry has claimed that Party of Progress had not met the requirement criteria to operate in at least half of Russian federative oblasts.

"The ministry of justice has taken a decision to recognise the document of state registration of the political party Party of Progress as invalid and to exclude information about this party and its structural divisions from the Uniform State Register of Legal Entities," the press service of justice ministry said according to Russian Tass Agency.

Alexei Navalny is known for his harsh criticism on President Putin and that Kremlin’s policies had been convicted of fraud in late December and given a three and half year suspended sentence.

Navalny was ordered to remain under house arrest until his appeals were exhausted. He has repeatedly violated his house arrest since then. His brother was imprisoned under the same verdict, which many see as a vendetta by the Kremlin.

The justice ministry’s decision is still unclear to affect on Party of Progress’ participation in the regional elections this year.

Last year, the Party had reported to register itself in 44 oblasts to the ministry of justice, but it was officially registered only 16 regions within the due period of six months.

Recently, Navalny’s Progress Party has established an oppositional coalition with the RPR-Parnas Party, whose leader Boris Nemtsov was shot dead in February.

Many believe that Nemtsov shooting death in a tightly secured area near the Kremlin would have not been possible without official involvement, and could be an attempt to scare other Kremlin critics.

The other leader of PRP-Parnas, Mikhail Kasyanov seems to have remained the biggest oppositional figure against President Putin whose popular support is estimated to be over 80 percent in Russian domestic politics.

TRTWorld and agencies