MOSCOW — Associates of Aleksei A. Navalny have been compelled to disband the imprisoned Russian opposition chief’s community of 40 regional workplaces, one among his prime aides stated Thursday, a step that pushes the home resistance to President Vladimir V. Putin additional underground.
The transfer was inevitable, Mr. Navalny’s aide, Leonid Volkov, stated in a YouTube video, amid the Kremlin’s newest efforts to stifle political dissent. Moscow prosecutors on April 16 introduced that they’d search a courtroom ruling to have Mr. Navalny’s motion declared an extremist group, and the courtroom rapidly ordered Mr. Navalny’s teams to halt all public exercise, together with taking part in political campaigns or referendums.
“Alas, we should be sincere: It’s unimaginable to work beneath these situations,” Mr. Volkov stated, warning that persevering with to function would expose Navalny supporters to prison prosecution. “We’re formally disbanding the community of Navalny workplaces.”
Mr. Volkov predicted that whereas some workplaces would shut, others would remodel into impartial political entities engaged in native politics. Both method, the tip of Mr. Navalny’s nationwide community — from Kaliningrad on the Baltic Sea to Vladivostok on the Pacific — represented the tip of an period in Russian politics.