The leading Russian oppositionist Alexei Navalny, who has been jailed for a year, has been proclaimed a “terrorist” by the Russian state. The loudest critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s rule has been included in the list of “terrorists and extremists” by Russia’s federal financial monitoring service, Rosfinmonitoring, Voice of America reports.
Together with Navalny, five of his associates were also added to the list – Lyubov Sobol, Vyacheslav Gimadi, Georgy Alburov, Lilia Chanysheva and Ruslan Shavedinov.
Navalny has spent more than a year in a Russian prison, while one of Navalny’s close associates, Ljubov Sobolj, is in exile – she escaped before being prosecuted in Russia.
In addition to Navalny’s organization, which was banned in June, at least nine people linked to the opposition movement have been added to the list. Russian authorities also included tens of journalists and several Russian media outlets which report critically about Putins’s rule of the country, but also some human rights groups.